in their midst

midst

1 [midst]
noun
1.
the position of anything surrounded by other things or parts, or occurring in the middle of a period of time, course of action, etc. (usually preceded by the ): a familiar face in the midst of the crowd; in the midst of the performance.
2.
the middle point, part, or stage (usually preceded by the ): We arrived in the midst of a storm.
Idioms
3.
in our/your/their midst, in the midst of or among us (you, them): To think there was a spy in our midst!

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t


1, 2. thick, core, heart. See middle.


1, 2. edge, periphery.
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midst1 (mɪdst)
 
n
1.  in the midst of surrounded or enveloped by; at a point during, esp a climactic one
2.  in our midst among us
3.  archaic the centre
 
[C14: back formation from amiddesamid]

midst2 (mɪdst)
 
prep
poetic See amid

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midst
c.1400, from M.E. middes (mid-14c.), from O.E. mid + adv. gen. -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives.
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