To a certain extent it deserves the ordinary fate of mediocrities placed by the side of greatness.
It is only mediocrities and old maids who consider it a grievance to be misunderstood.
His sisters have been caricatured as having the manners of the kitchen, and loose morals, and his brothers as mediocrities.
But from what he says it is clear that the tone of the place was set by the mediocrities.
Having started early to become men of note, they turn into mediocrities, and crawl over the high places of the world.
He has the nicest kind of fame; the more apparent sort made up by the admiration of mediocrities isnt half as nice.
I am sorry for the loss of Bright and Cobden, because such able men ought not to be ousted and replaced by mediocrities.
It is difficult to fancy how the mediocrities reconcile such sayings with their proverbs.
Let him read what is proper to him, and not waste his memory on a crowd of mediocrities.
If a man of more than ordinary ability tries to do the work of two men, he is apt to find that the two men are mediocrities.
early 15c., "moderation; intermediate state or amount," from Middle French médiocrité and directly from Latin mediocritatem (nominative mediocritas) "a middle state, middling condition, medium," from mediocris (see mediocre). Neutral at first; disparaging sense began to predominate from late 16c. The meaning "person of mediocre abilities or attainments" is from 1690s. Before the tinge of disparagement crept in, another name for the Golden Mean was golden mediocrity.