Simple Definition of mediocrity
: the quality of something that is not very good : the quality or state of being mediocre
: a person who does not have the special ability to do something well
Full Definition of mediocrityplural
1 a : the quality or state of being mediocre b : moderate ability or value
2 : a mediocre person
Examples of mediocrity in a sentence
We were disappointed by the mediocrity of the wine.
He thought that he was a brilliant artist himself and that all his fellow painters were just mediocrities.
Did You Know?
People interested in words always point out that mediocrity doesn't mean quite what its main root would indicate: Why doesn't it describe something that's right in the middle of the pack, exactly what you would expect? Instead the words mediocrity and mediocre always suggest disappointment. A mediocre play is one you wish you hadn't wasted an evening on, and the mediocre actor in it should probably find another profession. A person can even be called a mediocrity, though it isn't very nice and you'd never do it to his face.
First Known Use of mediocrity
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