Examples of mediocre in a Sentence
- They sensed that mediocre students like Roosevelt really did possess a set of virtues that needed to be protected and cherished. —David Brooks, New York Times Book Review, 6 Nov. 2005
- Of course, it could be that what Wesley has been through steeled his nerves and transformed him from a mediocre point guard into one of the fiercest shooters in the league with the game on the line. —Chad Millman, ESPN, 14 May 2001
- In short, they'd have to build a first-rate health-care system out of the shantytown's mediocre one—a system that would administer those drugs reliably and keep the patients' spirits up, because the second-line drugs are weak and have unpleasant side effects, which a patient has to endure for as much as two years. —Tracy Kidder, New Yorker, 10 July 2000
The dinner was delicious, but the dessert was mediocre.
The carpenter did a mediocre job.
The critics dismissed him as a mediocre actor.
Recent Examples of mediocre from the Web
Also, in the five years that the Pads won the West, the division was either mediocre or served up a dog’s breakfast.
But Anon, sadly, is not even mediocre and Owen is lost in it.
That’s a major selling point in an era where boring, mediocre retail is dead or dying.
Batshuayi became a rare bright spark in a mediocre season for Borussia Dortmund after joining on loan from the Blues in January and BVB had been hoping to make the Belgian's transfer permanent.
Boston Red Sox — Rick Porcello had seven mostly mediocre seasons before winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2016.
Based on statistics alone, Deer Park’s greatest need on the offensive side of the ball will be to revamp the running game that ranked a mediocre sixth last season among the district teams.
Batum, completing his third season as a Hornet, had a mediocre-to-poor season statistically.
Quin said in late December, days before the Lions finished their mediocre season with a win over the Green Bay Packers.
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The Enduring Moderation of mediocre
One of the things that is remarkable about mediocre is the extent to which it has retained its meaning over the course of more than four centuries of continual use. The word, when used as an adjective, has changed very little, if at all, in its meaning since it was used in a 1586 book titled The English Secretorie (our earliest known evidence): “Mediocre, a meane betwixt high and low, vehement and slender, too much and too little as we saye. . . .” The word comes to English via Middle French from the Latin word mediocris, meaning "of medium size, moderate, middling, commonplace," and perhaps originally "halfway to the top." The noun form of mediocre is mediocrity.
Origin and Etymology of mediocre
bad, bargain-basement, bum, cheap, cheapjack, cheesy, coarse, common, cut-rate, execrable, gimcrack, inferior, junky, lousy, low-grade, low-rent, miserable, poor, rotten, rubbishy, schlock (or schlocky), second-rate, shoddy, sleazy, terrible, trashy, trumpery, wretched;
MEDIOCRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mediocre for English Language Learners
: not very good
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