midst

noun
\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) , ˈmitst\

Definition of midst

1 : the interior or central part or point : middle in the midst of the forest
2 : a position of proximity to the members of a group a traitor in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded or beset in the midst of his troubles
4 : a period of time about the middle of a continuing act or condition in the midst of a meal

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Other Words from midst

midst preposition

Synonyms & Antonyms for midst

Synonyms

center, core, middle, midpoint

Antonyms

perimeter, periphery

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Examples of midst in a Sentence

The river passes through the midst of the city. a bustling city in the midst of the desert We are in the midst of a terrible war. They were in the midst of remodeling their house. The region is currently in the midst of a terrible drought. We never gave up hope in the midst of our troubles.
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In the midst of this, Michael and Janet realize that no human has entered the Good Place in the past 500 years. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Season 4 of 'The Good Place' Sounds Like It Will Be the Most Righteous One Yet," 3 May 2019 In the midst of yet another chaotic news cycle, Olivia Munn has written a short essay on one of the most important issues currently plaguing civilization: fashion critics calling out bad outfits. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Why Criticizing a Bad Red Carpet Outfit Is Not Sexist—or Personal," 25 Apr. 2019 Taylor Swift made a rare public appearance in the midst of a countdown on her website which flashes the days, minutes, and seconds leading up to this Friday. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "See Taylor Swift and All the Celebrities Who Attended the Time 100 Gala," 24 Apr. 2019 In the midst of finalizing Willa's adoption, Lauren discovered her surprise pregnancy in December 2016. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Everything to Know About Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' Adorable Kids," 7 Apr. 2019 The community was in the midst of an opioid epidemic—in 2015, fueled by intravenous drug use, Scott County’s rate of premature death was the highest of any county in the state—and sharing needles was common. Melody Warnick, Woman's Day, "These Small-Town Heroes Are Helping Their Communities Thrive," 2 Apr. 2019 After all, why wouldn’t visitors flock to a place in the midst of a gin renaissance that also, somehow, is even more fun in the rain? Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Helped Make London 2019’s “Top Destination”," 28 Mar. 2019 Wanda Sykes, Judy Gold, and Amber Ruffin will also take the stage together to talk about working in comedy as women in the midst of today’s political climate. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra Has Just Been Announced to Speak at a MAJOR, Star-Studded Women's Summit," 14 Mar. 2019 Many Muslims long tolerated the presence of extremists in their midst, but local opinion turned with the occupation of Marawi, a city of about 200,000 people, by a coalition of the most radical groups in 2017. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Muslims in the Philippines Emerge From the Fog of War to Vote on Self-Rule," 18 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of midst

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for midst

Middle English middest, alteration of middes, short for amiddes amid

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midst

noun

English Language Learners Definition of midst

: the middle area or part of something
: the period of time when something is happening or being done
used to say that someone is among the people in a group

midst

noun
\ ˈmidst How to pronounce midst (audio) \

Kids Definition of midst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the middle or central part in the midst of the forest
2 : a position among the members of a group a stranger in our midst
3 : the condition of being surrounded in the midst of dangers

midst

preposition

Kids Definition of midst (Entry 2 of 2)

: amid Midst the swarm of people, mangy dogs wandered.— Avi, Crispin

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