is now most commonly used in the phrases in the midst of or in our (etc.) midst, meaning ‘among, in the middle of’. Typical contexts are both physical and abstract:

• There was…something sinister about this place, unhusbanded and yieldless in the midst of the abundant land all about —R. Adams, 1974

• The Swedes, who sometimes gave the impression of being embarrassed by this monumental figure in their midst, will be able to honour him without reservation —Independent, 2007.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • Midst — Midst, n. [From middest, in the middest, for older in middes, where s is adverbial (orig. forming a genitive), or still older a midde, a midden, on midden. See {Mid}, and cf. {Amidst}.] [1913 Webster] 1. The interior or central part or place; the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — [ mıdst ] noun uncount * in the midst of something FORMAL 1. ) while something else is happening: Nixon went to China in the midst of a crisis at home. 2. ) if you are in the midst of something, you are doing it or it is affecting you: Our… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • midst — [midst, mitst] n. [ME middest, prob. merging of middes, gen. of mid (with unhistoric t) + middest, superl. of mid,MID1] the middle or central part: now mainly in phrases as below prep. Old Poet. in the midst of; amidst; amid SYN. MIDDLE in our… …   English World dictionary

  • Midst — Midst, prep. In the midst of; amidst. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — archaic or literary ► PREPOSITION ▪ in the middle of. ► NOUN ▪ the middle point or part. ● in our (or your, their, etc.) midst Cf. ↑in your/their midst …   English terms dictionary

  • Midst — Midst, adv. In the middle. [R.] Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • midst — index center (central position) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • midst — (n.) c.1400, from M.E. middes (mid 14c.), from MID (Cf. mid) + adverbial genitive s. The parasitic t is perhaps on model of superlatives (Cf. AGAINST (Cf. against)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • midst — middle, *center, core, hub, focus, nucleus, heart …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • midst — [n] middle, core betwixt and between*, bosom, center, deep, depths, halfway, heart, hub, interior, mean, medium, midpoint, nucleus, thick; concept 830 Ant. exterior, exteriority, outside …   New thesaurus

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