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mediocre

[mee-dee-oh-ker] /ˌmi diˈoʊ kər/
adjective
1.
of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate:
The car gets only mediocre mileage, but it's fun to drive.
2.
not satisfactory; poor; inferior:
Mediocre construction makes that building dangerous.
Antonyms: excellent, superior.
Origin
1580-1590
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
Related forms
submediocre, adjective
supermediocre, adjective
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mediocre

/ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkə; ˈmiːdɪˌəʊkə/
adjective
1.
(often derogatory) average or ordinary in quality: a mediocre book
Word Origin
C16: via French from Latin mediocris moderate, literally: halfway up the mountain, from medius middle + ocris stony mountain
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mediocre

adj.

1580s, from Middle French médiocre (16c.), from Latin mediocris "of middling height or state, moderate, ordinary," figuratively "mediocre, mean, inferior," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cf. Greek okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," Latin acer "sharp;" see acrid). As a noun, "medicore thing or person," by 1834.

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