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
Their task would be much more difficult against even a mediocre pitching staff. 2.
The Canadian endured a mediocre Saturday that saw him qualify on the sixth row.
While you and your plebeian friends celebrated Independence Day by firing up a few mediocre hotdogs on the barbecue, J-Rod were busy cozying up to each other on a picturesque beach looking hot as heck (literally and metaphorically speaking).
The European Union Chamber of Commerce said in a report last year that mediocre but subsidized companies might flood the market, squeezing out truly innovative Chinese suppliers.
Hurt strikes a reliably elegiac note in a whiskery supporting role which, as with most of his autumnal work, elevates mediocre material by a few notches.
There, he is used to playing alongside all-time greats such as Andres Iniesta instead of the mediocre talent that populates the defensive half of the Argentine squad.
Cleveland’s legendary leader is playing out of his mind in this year’s NBA playoffs, carrying a truly mediocre cast of teammates to the Finals for the fourth straight year.
The greatest player in the league strapped this mediocre-to-poor team to his back and has scaled the mountains that are the N.B.A. playoffs, vanquishing one team after another.
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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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