amidst

[uh-midst]
preposition

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English amiddes; see amid, -s1; for -t see against, amongst, etc.

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amid or amidst (əˈmɪd)
 
prep
in the middle of; among
 
[Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1]
 
amidst or amidst
 
prep
 
[Old English on middan in the middle; see mid1]

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amidst
amid (q.v.) with adv. gen. -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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Example sentences
Tossed on the bottom of the cage amidst feces was chicken feed mainly
  consisting of corn.
Burning helped to preserve the rich trove of artifacts found amidst the charred
  floor materials.
First, during fever, all the body's functions are occurring amidst increased
  physiologic stress.
He respect the demonstrators enough to avail himself for a talk amidst his
  tight schedule.
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