noun, plural me·di·oc·ri·ties.
Examples from the Web for mediocrities
It was his fate to begin his career in an age of mediocrities and to finish it in an almost single combat with the giant.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
As a colorist and a manipulator of paint, he places him with Sebastiano del Piombo—that is, among the mediocrities.Artist and Public|Kenyon Cox
To a certain extent it deserves the ordinary fate of mediocrities placed by the side of greatness.Italian Alps|Douglas William Freshfield
After that you have the army of mediocrities followed by the multitude of fools.Original Short Stories, Volume 9 (of 13)|Guy de Maupassant
I am sorry for the loss of Bright and Cobden, because such able men ought not to be ousted and replaced by mediocrities.The Greville Memoirs (Third Part) Volume II (of II)|Charles Cavendish Fulke Greville
British Dictionary definitions for mediocrities
noun plural -ties
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.