[ mee-dee-ok-ri-tee ]
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noun,plural me·di·oc·ri·ties.
  1. the state or quality of being mediocre.

  2. mediocre ability or accomplishment.

  1. a mediocre person.

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Origin of mediocrity

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English mediocrite, from Middle French mediocrite, from Latin mediocritāt-, stem of mediocritās “middle state, moderation”; equivalent to mediocre + -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for mediocrity


/ (ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ, ˌmɛd-) /

nounplural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being mediocre

  2. a mediocre person or thing

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