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Date: 1400-1500
Origin: mids 'middle' (13-19 centuries), from Old English midde ( MID-)

midst

1 noun
     
midst1
1

in the midst of something

a) if you are in the midst of an event or situation, it is happening around you:
The government is in the midst of a major crisis.
b) in the middle of a place or a group of things or people:
We were sitting in the midst of an elegant and well-dressed audience.
2

in our/their midst

formal in a particular group:
I fear we have an enemy in our midst.

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