noun, plural me·di·oc·ri·ties.
Examples from the Web for mediocrity
If the point was to create a paean to mediocrity, then Linklater has made maybe the definitive work on the subject.
Does the mediocrity of the job market mean that America no longer needs people who deal with abstractions?Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism|David Masciotra|March 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Both the Giants and the Jets descended into mediocrity, a situation epitomized by the “Miracle In The Meadowlands” in 1978.
While the Giants receded into two decades of mediocrity, the Jets took over New York.
He wrote poems as a high school student on the side, but was never too serious, for fear of failure or mediocrity.
A night of mediocrity now brooded over the marshy fens of Holland.Vondel's Lucifer|Joost van den Vondel
Everything that ventures forth beyond the protection of the grateful shadow of mediocrity has something startling about it.The Country Doctor|Honore de Balzac
Mediocrity becomes moral from a necessity which it has the impudence to call virtue.The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 11 (of 12)|Robert G. Ingersoll
Democracy, they tell us, is afflicted by mediocrity and by sterility.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
We make no progress towards the higher arts, except in greater quantities of mediocrity.Malbone|Thomas Wentworth Higginson
British Dictionary definitions for mediocrity
noun plural -ties
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.