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me·di·oc·ri·ty

 (mē′dē-ŏk′rĭ-tē)
n. pl. me·di·oc·ri·ties
1. The state or quality of being mediocre.
2. Mediocre ability, achievement, or performance.
3. One that displays mediocre qualities.

me·di·oc′ri·tize′ (-tīz′) v.
me·di·oc′ri·ti·za′tion n.

mediocrity

(ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ; ˌmɛd-)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being mediocre
2. a mediocre person or thing

me•di•oc•ri•ty

(ˌmi diˈɒk rɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being mediocre.
2. mediocre ability or accomplishment.
3. a mediocre person.
[1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French < Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mediocrity - ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding
ordinariness, mundaneness, mundanity - the quality of being commonplace and ordinary
2.mediocrity - a person of second-rate ability or value; "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him"
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"

mediocrity

noun
1. insignificance, indifference, inferiority, meanness, ordinariness, unimportance, poorness She lamented the mediocrity of contemporary literature.
2. nonentity, nobody, lightweight (informal), second-rater, cipher, non-person Surrounded by mediocrities, he seemed a towering intellectual.
Quotations
"Mediocrity knows nothing higher than itself, but talent instantly recognizes genius" [Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Valley of Fear]
Translations
وَسَطيَّه
prostřednost
middelmådighed
középszerûség
meîalmennska
priemernosť
bayağılık

mediocrity

[ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ] N
1. (= quality) → mediocridad f
2. (= person) → mediocre mf

mediocrity

[ˌmiːdiˈɒkrəti] nmédiocrité f

mediocrity

n
(= quality)Mittelmäßigkeit f
(= person)kleines Licht

mediocrity

[ˌmiːdɪˈɒkrɪtɪ] nmediocrità f inv

mediocre

(miːdiˈoukə) adjective
not very good or great; ordinary. a mediocre performance/effort.
ˌmediˈocrity (-ˈo-) noun
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