Definition of mediocrity
- came to terms with his mediocrity
- fed up with the mediocrity of the local schools
- a most intelligent middle-aged mediocrity
- —Oscar Wilde
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.
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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.
: 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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