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  1. amidstpreposition

    In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.

  2. Etymology: Middle English amidde, amiddes, on midden, from Old English on middan ‘in the middle’, from midd ‘central’. The -s is an adverbial ending, originally marking the genitive; the t is a later addition, as in whilst, amongst, alongst. See mid.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Amid, Amidstprep.

    Etymology: from a and mid, or midst.

    Of the fruit
    Of each tree in the garden we may eat;
    But of the fruit of this fair tree, amidst
    The garden, God hath said, ye shall not eat. Paradise Lost.

    The two ports, the bagnio, and Donatelli’s statue of the great duke, amidst the four slaves, chained to his pedestal, are very noble sights. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    Amid my flock with woe my voice I tear,
    And, but bewitch’d, who to his flock would moan? Philip Sidney.

    So hills amid the air encounter’d hills,
    Hurl’d to and fro, with jaculation dire. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    What have I done, to name that wealthy swain,
    The boar amidst my crystal streams I bring;
    And southern winds to blast my flow’ry spring. John Dryden, Virg.

    Amata’s breast the fury thus invades,
    And fires with rage amid the sylvan shades. John Dryden, Æneid.

    What tho’ no real voice nor sound
    Amid their radiant orbs be found?
    In reason’s ear they all rejoice,
    And utter forth a glorious voice,
    For ever singing, as they shine,
    ``The hand that made us is divine.’’ Joseph Addison, Spect. №. 465.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Amidst

    alt. of Amid

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of amidst in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of amidst in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of amidst in a Sentence

  1. Mitch McConnell:

    Even amidst the national crime wave, a disproportionate share of the new judges President Joe Biden has nominated share this professional background that liberals say gives special empathy for criminal defendants.

  2. Stefan Worrall:

    Japan is amidst a perfect positive storm, the oil price decline is stimulatory to world demand for Japanese exports, and offsets the impact of the weak yen on domestic energy costs.

  3. Roger Federer:

    I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires, as the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviors and act on innovative solutions.

  4. Mustafa Bali:

    There were suicide vest attacks by a group of bombers who tried to blow themselves up amidst our forces. Our forces targeted and killed them before they reached our positions.

  5. Jeff Leach:

    Amidst the darkness of death row and her own impending execution, Melissa radiated a deep and sincere joy and an unspeakable hope, without question, Melissa's case is the most troubling and shocking death penalty case I've ever seen. The system literally failed her at every turn.

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    pose a threat to; present a danger to
    • A. observe
    • B. restore
    • C. jeopardize
    • D. depend

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