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second-rate

[sek-uh nd-reyt] /ˈsɛk əndˈreɪt/
adjective
1.
of lesser or minor quality, importance, or the like:
a second-rate poet.
2.
inferior; mediocre:
a second-rate performance.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70
Related forms
second-rateness, noun
secondrater, noun
Synonyms
2. middling, inadequate, undistinguished, pedestrian, commonplace.
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Examples for second-rate
  • Unrealism reflects an entire generation's conviction that the world they have inherited is a crummy second-rate duplicate.
  • It consistently produces second-rate textbooks that replicate the same flaws and failings over and over again.
  • Accommodations may not be great and the food may be second-rate.
British Dictionary definitions for second-rate

second-rate

adjective
1.
not of the highest quality; mediocre
2.
second in importance, etc
Derived Forms
second-rater, noun
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Word Origin and History for second-rate
adj.

1660s, originally of ships; see rate (n.).

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