mediocrity

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noun me·di·oc·ri·ty \ˌmē-dē-ˈä-krə-tē\

Definition of mediocrity

plural

mediocrities

  1. 1a :  the quality or state of being mediocre came to terms with his mediocrityb :  moderate ability or value fed up with the mediocrity of the local schools

  2. 2 :  a mediocre person a most intelligent middle-aged mediocrity — Oscar Wilde

Examples of mediocrity in a Sentence

  1. We were disappointed by the mediocrity of the wine.

  2. He thought that he was a brilliant artist himself and that all his fellow painters were just mediocrities.

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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

1588


MEDIOCRITY Defined for English Language Learners

mediocrity

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Definition of mediocrity for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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