Origin of mediocrity
Examples from the Web for mediocrities
They are his moderators, his mediocrities, his metriopathics.
Indifference is the revenge the world takes on mediocrities.Vera
After that you have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)
Guy de Maupassant
Let him read what is proper to him, and not waste his memory on a crowd of mediocrities.The Book-lover
And consider the mediocrities, the dull, ugly, royal persons he was forced to paint!Franz Liszt
- the state or quality of being mediocre
- a mediocre person or thing
Word Origin and History for 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.