- mediocrity ► NOUN (pl. mediocrities) 1) the quality or state of being mediocre. 2) a person of mediocre ability.
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Mediocrity — Me di*oc ri*ty, n. [F. m[ e]diocrit[ e], L. mediocritas.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate. A mediocrity of success. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Moderation; temperance. [Obs.]… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
mediocrity — (n.) early 15c., moderation; intermediate state or amount, from M.Fr. médiocrité and directly from L. mediocritatem (nom. mediocritas) a middle state, middling condition, medium, from mediocris (see MEDIOCRE (Cf. mediocre)). Neutral at first;… … Etymology dictionary
mediocrity — noun acceptability, adequateness, average, averageness, baseness, common lot, commonness, commonplaceness, deficiency, fairness, inconsiderableness, inferiority, inferiorness, insignificance, low grade, low quality, mean, meanness, mediocritas,… … Law dictionary
mediocrity — [mē΄dē äk′rə tē] n. pl. mediocrities [Fr médiocrité < L mediocritas] 1. the quality or state of being mediocre 2. mediocre ability or attainment 3. a person of mediocre abilities or attainments … English World dictionary
mediocrity — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Average capacity or worth Nouns 1. mediocrity, middle course, moderate degree, medial standard, moderate or average circumstances; normality, average, golden mean; moderation, temperance, respectability; … English dictionary for students
Mediocrity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Mediocrity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 moderate circumstances moderate circumstances average circumstances Sgm: N 1 respectability respectability Sgm: N 1 middle classes middle classes Sgm: N 1 mediocrity mediocrity… … English dictionary for students
mediocrity — [[t]mi͟ːdiɒ̱krɪti, me̱d [/t]] mediocrities 1) N UNCOUNT (disapproval) If you refer to the mediocrity of something, you mean that it is of average quality but you think it should be better. ...the mediocrity of most contemporary literature...… … English dictionary
mediocrity — UK [ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrətɪ] / US [ˌmɪdɪˈɑkrətɪ] noun Word forms mediocrity : singular mediocrity plural mediocrities 1) [countable/uncountable] a quality, ability, or achievement that is average or below average We will not accept mediocrity – the job… … English dictionary
mediocrity — noun /miːdɪˈɒkɹɪti/ a) The quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean. In adversity I wish for prosperity, and in prosperity I am afraid of adversity. What mediocrity may be found? b) The condition of being mediocre; having only… … Wiktionary
mediocrity — me|di|oc|ri|ty [ ,midi akrəti ] noun 1. ) count or uncount quality, ability, or achievement that is average or below average: We will not accept mediocrity; the job they do is of critical importance. 2. ) count someone who is not considered… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English