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midst1

[midst] /mɪdst/
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 of midst1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English, equivalent to middes (aphetic variant of amiddes amidst) + excrescent -t
Can be confused
midst, missed, mist.
Synonyms
1, 2. thick, core, heart. See middle.
Antonyms
1, 2. edge, periphery.

midst2

[midst] /mɪdst/
preposition
1.
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  • You see him in the midst of warriors who are dancing in honor of his victories.

    The Stories of El Dorado Frona Eunice Wait
  • In the midst of the barrier stood an altar, on the top of which was a brazen eagle.

    Philothea Lydia Maria Child
  • In the midst of it all, the bridegroom was the person to whom the least attention was paid.

  • There was no reasoning which could help him in the midst of that puzzle.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • France was saved because Paris led a normal life in the midst of the whirlwind.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for midst

midst1

/mɪdst/
noun
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
Word Origin
C14: back formation from amiddesamid

midst2

/mɪdst/
preposition
1.
(poetic) See amid
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Word Origin and History for midst
n.

c.1400, from Middle English middes (mid-14c.), from mid + adverbial genitive -s. The parasitic -t is perhaps on model of superlatives (cf. against).

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