Origin of amidstamid + Middle English adv. genitive -s + unhistoric -t
Being in the thick of a forest is an example of being amidst a forest.
Origin of amidstMiddle English amiddes amidde ; see amid . -es adverbial suffix ; see -s 3.
As with other words with excrescent suffix -st, amidst is generally considered synonymous with simpler amid, and amid is preferred by style guides on both sides of the Atlantic.
Further, amidst/amid are similar in meaning to – but distinct from – amongst/among. Amid(st) denotes that something is "in the midst of", "surrounded by" other things, and is used when the idea of separate things is not prominent. Among(st) denotes that something is mingling with other separable things ("blessed art thou among women").
- The cottage is situated on the Spey river amidst scenery of surpassing loveliness.
- I stood amidst the familiar instruments, wondering where to begin.
- Two miles from the town, amidst beautiful gardens and meadows, is Haddon Hall.
- It runs a remarkably straight course westward through a narrow trough from Daolatyar to Obeh, amidst the bleak wind-swept uplands of the highest central elevations in Afghanistan.
- Liberated by an amnesty, Garibaldi returned once more to Caprera amidst general sympathy.