Encompass vs Amidst - What's the difference?
As a verb encompass
is to form a circle around; to encircle.
As a preposition amidst is
in the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.
To form a circle around; to encircle.
To include within its scope; to circumscribe or go round so as to surround; to enclose; to contain.
To include completely; to describe fully or comprehensively.
To go around, especially, to circumnavigate.
- This book on English grammar encompasses all irregular verbs.
- Drake encompassed the globe.
* amidest (obsolete)
* amiddst (qualifier)
* amiddest (obsolete)
* amydst (obsolete)
* amyddst (qualifier)
* amyddest (qualifier)
In the midst or middle of; surrounded or encompassed by; among.
* 1748 . David Hume. Enquiries Concerning the Human Understanding and Concerning the Principles of Morals. London: Oxford University Press, 1973. § 4.
* 1912 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 5
- Be a philosopher ; but amidst all your philosophy, be still a man.
- Not so, however, with Tarzan, the man-child. His life amidst the dangers of the jungle had taught him to meet emergencies with self-confidence, and his higher intelligence resulted in a quickness of mental action far beyond the powers of the apes.
As with other words with excrescent suffix , 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, Among(st)'' denotes that something is mingling with other separable things ("blessed art thou among women").
TimesOnline], [http://www.guardian.co.uk/styleguide/w The Guardian] and [http://www.hansard.ca/styleguide.pdf Hansard (Canadian parliament)