mediocrity

[mee-dee-ok-ri-tee]

Origin of mediocrity

1400–50; late Middle English mediocrite < Middle French mediocrite < Latin mediocritāt- (stem of mediocritās) a middle state, moderation. See mediocre, -ity
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Related Words for mediocrities

normality, commonness, averageness, upstart, cipher, nonentity, commoner

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British Dictionary definitions for mediocrities

mediocrity

noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being mediocre
  2. a mediocre person or thing
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Word Origin and History for mediocrities

mediocrity

n.

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.

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