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[mee-dee-ok-ri-tee] /ˌmi diˈɒk rɪ ti/
noun, plural mediocrities.
the state or quality of being mediocre.
mediocre ability or accomplishment.
a mediocre person.
Origin of mediocrity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English mediocrite < Middle French mediocrite < Latin mediocritāt- (stem of mediocritās) a middle state, moderation. See mediocre, -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • But that does not hinder the government of mediocrity from being mediocre government.
  • Since his retirement, the Bears have been cursed with six decades of quarterback mediocrity.
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  • We are witnessing the final decline into mediocrity of a fine journal whose first issue appeared over 160 years ago.
  • Today, I want to talk about one of the byproducts of all this mediocrity.
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  • More concerned with the "gap" between good and bad students, they are programmed to seek mediocrity.
  • Its usual blessings are happiness and mediocrity.
  • But no, I don't want to settle for mediocrity.
British Dictionary definitions for mediocrity


/ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ; ˌmɛd-/
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being mediocre
a mediocre person or thing
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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