noun, plural mediocrities.
the state or quality of being mediocre.
mediocre ability or accomplishment.
a mediocre person.

1400–50; late Middle English mediocrite < Middle French mediocrite < Latin mediocritāt- (stem of mediocritās) a middle state, moderation. See mediocre, -ity Unabridged
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mediocrity (ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ, ˌmɛd-)
n , pl -ties
1.  the state or quality of being mediocre
2.  a mediocre person or thing

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Word Origin & History

mid-15c., from Fr. médiocrité, from L. mediocritatem (nom. mediocritas) "a middling condition," from mediocris (see mediocre). Neutral at first; disparaging sense began to predominate from late 16c. The noun 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.
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Example sentences
But that does not hinder the government of mediocrity from being mediocre
Maybe I really am doomed to mediocrity and will never climb out of the ooze.
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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