mediocrity

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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

  • 4 mediocrity — ► NOUN (pl. mediocrities) 1) the quality or state of being mediocre. 2) a person of mediocre ability …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 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

  • 6 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

  • 7 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

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 mediocrity — noun (plural ties) Date: 1588 1. a. the quality or state of being mediocre b. moderate ability or value 2. a mediocre person …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 13 mediocrity — /mee dee ok ri tee/, n., pl. mediocrities. 1. the state or quality of being mediocre. 2. mediocre ability or accomplishment. 3. a mediocre person. [1400 50; late ME mediocrite < MF mediocrite < L mediocritat (s. of mediocritas) a middle state,… …

    Universalium

  • 14 mediocrity — Synonyms and related words: Middle America, a nobody, a nothing, adulteration, average, balance, baseness, bourgeoisie, burgherdom, center, cipher, common man, defectibility, defectiveness, deficiency, dull tool, dummy, erroneousness, failure,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 15 mediocrity — n. state of being average, ordinariness; having a poor or inadequate qualityme·di·oc·ri·ty || ‚mɪːdɪ É‘krÉ™tɪ / É’krÉ™tɪ …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 16 mediocrity — noun (plural mediocrities) the quality or state of being mediocre. ↘a person of mediocre ability …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 mediocrity — n. 1. Inferiority, moderate degree, middle state. 2. Average, average standard, medial standard. 3. Moderation, temperance …

    New dictionary of synonyms

  • 18 mediocrity — n 1. moderateness, indifference, neutrality, mediocreness; ordinariness, commonplaceness, average standard, normality; passableness, tolerableness, adequateness, satisfactoriness, acceptability; lower quality, inferiority; inconsiderableness,… …

    A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • 19 mediocrity — medi·oc·ri·ty …

    English syllables

  • 20 mediocrity — me•di•oc•ri•ty [[t]ˌmi diˈɒk rɪ ti[/t]] n. pl. ties 1) the state or quality of being mediocre 2) mediocre ability or accomplishment 3) a mediocre person • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME < MF < L …

    From formal English to slang


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