of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate: The car gets only mediocre mileage, but it's fun to drive. undistinguished, commonplace, pedestrian, everyday; run-of-the-mill. extraordinary, superior, uncommon, incomparable.
not satisfactory; poor; inferior: Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous. meager, low-quality, second-rate; so-so. excellent, superior.

1580–90; < Middle French < Latin mediocris in a middle state, literally, at middle height = medi(us) mid1 + OL ocris rugged mountain, cognate with Greek ókris, akin to ákros apex; compare Umbrian ocar hill, citadel

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mediocre (ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə, ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə)
derogatory often average or ordinary in quality: a mediocre book
[C16: via French from Latin mediocris moderate, literally: halfway up the mountain, from medius middle + ocris stony mountain]

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1580s, from Fr. médiocre, from L. mediocris "of middling height or state," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cf. Gk. okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," L. acer "sharp;" see acrid).
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Example sentences
The rest of the book is an assemblage of mediocre gossip forced into a
  diary-like format.
There is far too much low and mediocre quality science going on out there that
  does not deserve to be reported or published.
This is the week for mediocre sports movies.
By irritability he meant impatience with the boring, the commonplace and the
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