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amidst

[uh-midst] /əˈmɪdst/
preposition
1.
amid.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English amiddes; see amid, -s1; for -t see against, amongst, etc.
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British Dictionary definitions for amidst

amid

/əˈmɪd/
preposition
1.
in the middle of; among
Word Origin
Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1
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Word Origin and History for amidst
prep.

a variant of amid (q.v.) with adverbial genitive -s and parasitic -t. Amidde became amyddes (13c.) and acquired a -t by 1560s, probably by association with superlatives in -st.

There is a tendency to use amidst more distributively than amid, e.g. of things scattered about, or a thing moving, in the midst of others. [OED]

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