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[uh-midst] /əˈmɪdst/
Origin of amidst
1250-1300; Middle English amiddes; see amid, -s1; for -t see against, amongst, etc. Unabridged
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  • 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.
  • amidst the gloom, there was also real anger on display tonight.
  • So much of human genius is unintentional, is stumbled upon, and found amidst the ruins of dead traditions and full-proof plans.
  • Yet there has been one constant amidst those shifting tides.
  • These people have been given an extraordinary amount of freedom to work-and to tout for business-amidst the world's tragedies.
  • One of the biggest problems for medics is locating a soldier's wound and determining his vital signs amidst battlefield chaos.
  • For now though, it makes more sense to get up to steam amidst the myriad possibilities our inner and outer planets present.
British Dictionary definitions for amidst


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

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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