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aurea mediocritas

[ou-rey-ah me-dee-ohk-ri-tahs; English awr-ee-uh mee-dee-ok-ri-tas, -tuh s, -med-ee-] /ˈaʊ reɪˌɑ ˌmɛ diˈoʊk rɪˌtɑs; English ˈɔr i ə ˈmi diˈɒk rɪˌtæs, -təs, -ˌmɛd i-/
noun, Latin.
the golden mean. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • These noble words were said on the sill of the door, above which was written, "aurea mediocritas."

    The Lesser Bourgeoisie Honore de Balzac
  • "aurea mediocritas," exclaimed my uncle, delighted with his quotation.

  • Horace was wrong, mediocre poets may exist (now and then), and he was a wise man who first spoke of aurea mediocritas.

  • This aurea mediocritas was but little satisfactory to Mme. de Marville.

    Cousin Pons Honore de Balzac
  • This is the aurea mediocritas, or modest competence, the excellence of which was recognized by the ancients.

    The Sexual Question August Forel

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