What does mediocrity mean?

Definitions for mediocrity
ˌmi diˈɒk rɪ timedi·ocrity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. averageness, mediocritynoun

    ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding

  2. second-rater, mediocritynoun

    a person of second-rate ability or value

    "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him"


  1. Mediocritynoun

    A mediocre person; -- used disparagingly.

    Etymology: [F. mdiocrit, L. mediocritas.]


  1. mediocritynoun

    The quality of being intermediate between two extremes; a mean.

    Etymology: From mediocritas, from mediocris.

  2. mediocritynoun

    A middle course of action; moderation, balance.

    Etymology: From mediocritas, from mediocris.

  3. mediocritynoun

    The condition of being mediocre; having only an average degree of quality, skills etc.; no better than standard.

    Etymology: From mediocritas, from mediocris.

  4. mediocritynoun

    An individual with mediocre abilities or achievements.

    Etymology: From mediocritas, from mediocris.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mediocritynoun

    the quality of being mediocre; a middle state or degree; a moderate degree or rate

    Etymology: [F. mdiocrit, L. mediocritas.]

  2. Mediocritynoun

    moderation; temperance

    Etymology: [F. mdiocrit, L. mediocritas.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediocrity in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mediocrity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mediocrity in a Sentence

  1. Vanna Bonta:

    The height of mediocrity is still low.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    Excellence in obscurity is better than mediocrity in the spotlight.

  3. Trevanian from the novel "Shibumi":

    It was not their irritating assumption of equality that annoyed Nicholai so much as their cultural confusions. The Americans seemed to confuse standard of living with quality of life, equal opportunity with institutionalized mediocrity, bravery with courage, machismo with manhood, liberty with freedom, wordiness with articulation, fun with pleasure - in short, all of the misconceptions common to those who assume that justice implies equality for all, rather than equality for equals.

  4. Norman Vincent Peale:

    There is a real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.

  5. Buck Rodgers:

    There are countless ways of achieving greatness, but any road to achieving one's maximum potential must be built on a bedrock of respect for the individual, a commitment to excellence, and a rejection of mediocrity.

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    a defeat in which the losing person or team fails to score
    • A. abandon
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