preposition see amid

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  • Amidst — A*midst , Amid A*mid , prep. [OE. amidde, amiddes, on midden, AS. on middan, in the middle, fr. midde the middle. The s is an adverbial ending, originally marking the genitive; the t is a later addition, as in whilst, amongst, alongst. See… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amidst — (prep.) a variant of AMID (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • amidst — index among Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • amidst — [ə midst′] prep. [ AMID + ME adv. gen. s + unhistoric t] AMID …   English World dictionary

  • amidst — amid, amidst Amid, recorded as a preposition and adverb before the Norman Conquest, developed two by forms, amides (cf. always) and amidst (cf. against, amongst). Amides has dropped out of use, and amid and amidst have survived only as… …   Modern English usage

  • amidst — preposition /ʌˈmɪdst,ʌˈmɪtst/ In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among. Be a philosopher ; but amidst all your philosophy, be still a man. Syn: amid, among, amongst …   Wiktionary

  • amidst — amid, amidst (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) prep. among, midst, mid. See mixture …   English dictionary for students

  • amidst — a|midst [əˈmıdst] prep literary [Date: 1200 1300; Origin: amid] amid ▪ a light that shines amidst the darkness …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • amidst — [[t]əmɪ̱dst[/t]] PREP Amidst means the same as amid. [LITERARY] Syn: amid …   English dictionary

  • amidst — amid [əˈmɪd] or amidst [əˈmɪdst] preposition 1) while something is happening or changing Banks and shops closed yesterday amid growing fears of violence.[/ex] 2) surrounded by things or people …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • amidst — amid / amidst [prep] in middle of; among amongst, between, during, in the midst of, in the thick of, mid, over, surrounded by, throughout; concepts 586,820 Ant. away from, outside, separate …   New thesaurus

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