mediocrity

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

Definition of mediocrity

plural

mediocrities

  1. 1 a :  the quality or state of being mediocre b :  moderate ability or value

  2. 2 :  a mediocre person

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.

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.

1588

First Known Use of mediocrity

1588


MEDIOCRITY Defined for English Language Learners

mediocrity

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

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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