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Amidst vs. Midst: What's the Difference?

Edited by Huma Saeed || By Sawaira Riaz || Published on January 31, 2024
Amidst means 'in the middle of' or 'surrounded by'; midst means 'the middle part of' or 'during'.

Key Differences

Amidst and midst both refer to being in the middle of something, but their usage differs. Amidst is often used to convey being surrounded by something or in the middle of a situation. Midst, on the other hand, refers to the central part of something, often used more abstractly.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024
Amidst is typically used in a more literal, physical context, like being amidst a crowd. It implies a sense of being enclosed by what surrounds. Midst is often used to refer to a period or phase, like in the midst of a crisis, denoting a time period within a larger event.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024
In literature, amidst is used to create imagery of an environment or setting, such as amidst the trees. Midst is more about positioning within a temporal or situational context, as in the midst of negotiations.
Huma Saeed
Jan 31, 2024
The usage of amidst conveys a closer, more immediate relation to the surroundings. Midst, while also denoting a central position, often has a broader, sometimes metaphorical application.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 31, 2024
Both words can be used interchangeably in some contexts, but amidst often implies a physical presence, while midst is more versatile, applying to time, events, or abstract concepts.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024
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Comparison Chart

Primary Meaning

In the middle of, surrounded by
The middle part of, during
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Usage Context

Physical and literal
Temporal, situational, or abstract
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Example Use

Amidst the crowd
In the midst of a crisis
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Imagery

Physical environment
Temporal or situational context
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Interchangeability

Less interchangeable
More interchangeable
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Amidst and Midst Definitions

Amidst

In the middle of; during.
Amidst the chaos, she remained calm.
Janet White
Dec 13, 2023

Midst

During; in the process of.
In the midst of the storm, they took shelter.
Aimie Carlson
Dec 13, 2023

Amidst

Enclosed or enveloped by.
The cabin was hidden amidst the trees.
Janet White
Dec 13, 2023

Midst

In an important or critical phase.
They were in the midst of making a decision.
Harlon Moss
Dec 13, 2023

Amidst

Surrounded by; in the environment of.
She stood amidst the flowers.
Janet White
Dec 13, 2023

Midst

Within the context or environment of.
In the midst of turmoil, hope emerged.
Janet White
Dec 13, 2023

Amidst

Among; in the company of.
He found comfort amidst his friends.
Huma Saeed
Dec 13, 2023

Midst

Among; in the company of.
She felt lost in the midst of the crowd.
Harlon Moss
Dec 13, 2023

Amidst

In an atmosphere or setting of.
Amidst the celebration, they announced the news.
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Dec 13, 2023

Midst

The central part or point.
He was in the midst of the forest.
Huma Saeed
Dec 13, 2023

Amidst

Variant of amid.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

The middle position or part; the center
In the midst of the desert.
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Dec 12, 2023

Amidst

In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

A position of proximity to others
A stranger in our midst.
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Dec 12, 2023

Amidst

In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.
But rather famish them amid their plenty.
The seraph Abdiel, faithful found;Among the faithless faithful only he,
From amidst them forth he passed,
Those squalid cabins and uncleared woods amidst which he was born.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

The condition of being surrounded or beset by something
In the midst of all of our problems.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

A period of time approximately in the middle of a continuing condition or act
In the midst of the war.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

Among; amid.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

A place in the middle of something; may be used of a literal or metaphorical location.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

(rare) Among, in the middle of; amid.
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Midst

The interior or central part or place; the middle; - used chiefly in the objective case after in; as, in the midst of the forest.
And when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him.
There is nothing . . . in the midst [of the play] which might not have been placed in the beginning.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

Hence, figuratively, the condition of being surrounded or beset; the press; the burden; as, in the midst of official duties; in the midst of secular affairs.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

In the midst of; amidst.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

In the middle.
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Dec 12, 2023

Midst

The location of something surrounded by other things;
In the midst of the crowd
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Dec 12, 2023

FAQs

Is midst used in a more abstract sense?

Yes, it's often used in abstract or metaphorical contexts.
Janet White
Jan 31, 2024

Does amidst have a more immediate connotation?

Yes, it implies a direct, immediate presence.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

Is amidst only used for physical locations?

Primarily, but it can have broader applications.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Does amidst convey a sense of immersion?

Yes, it implies being closely surrounded or enveloped.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

What does amidst mean?

It means being surrounded by or in the middle of something.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

What does midst mean?

It refers to the central part or during a particular period.
Huma Saeed
Jan 31, 2024

Can amidst and midst be used interchangeably?

Sometimes, but amidst is more physical and midst more abstract.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

Does midst always refer to time?

Often, but it can also refer to being in the central part of a situation.
Janet White
Jan 31, 2024

Can amidst imply an emotional state?

Yes, like feeling joy amidst sadness.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Is midst suitable for describing physical environments?

It can be, but it's more common in temporal or situational contexts.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Can midst be used to describe a physical position?

Yes, like being in the midst of a room.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Does midst suggest a broader context?

Yes, it often encompasses a wider situational or temporal scope.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

Is midst more flexible in usage?

Yes, it has a broader range of applications.
Janet White
Jan 31, 2024

Can amidst be used for time periods?

Less commonly, but it's possible.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Is amidst suitable for poetic use?

Yes, its vivid imagery is often used in poetry.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 31, 2024

Is amidst more vivid in imagery?

Yes, it often creates a clearer picture of the surrounding environment.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Can amidst be used metaphorically?

Yes, though it's less common than its literal use.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

Does amidst focus on the immediate environment?

Yes, it emphasizes the immediate surroundings.
Harlon Moss
Jan 31, 2024

Is midst often used in literature?

Yes, especially in narrative contexts.
Sawaira Riaz
Jan 31, 2024

Can midst imply a transitional phase?

Yes, like being in the midst of change.
Aimie Carlson
Jan 31, 2024
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