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[mee-dee-ok-ri-tee] /ˌmi diˈɒk rɪ ti/
noun, plural mediocrities.
the state or quality of being mediocre.
mediocre ability or accomplishment.
a mediocre person.
Origin of mediocrity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English mediocrite < Middle French mediocrite < Latin mediocritāt- (stem of mediocritās) a middle state, moderation. See mediocre, -ity Unabridged
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  • It was a different thing to advertise one's mediocrity to the world.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The kind of renown most accessible and acceptable to mediocrity.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • I see only mediocrity in her, and you will find a hundred women who will be more worthy of you.

  • I may be the son of a genius, but I am nevertheless a mediocrity.

    Melomaniacs James Huneker
  • He is the embodiment of routine and conservatism, because he is the embodiment of mediocrity.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
British Dictionary definitions for mediocrity


/ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ; ˌmɛd-/
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being mediocre
a mediocre person or thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for mediocrity

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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