mediocre


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me·di·o·cre

 (mē′dē-ō′kər)
adj.
Of ordinary or undistinguished quality. See Synonyms at average.

[French médiocre, from Latin mediocris : medius, middle; see medhyo- in Indo-European roots + ocris, a rugged mountain; see ak- in Indo-European roots.]
Word History: Belying the very meaning of the word, the adjective mediocre has a remarkable and unexpected etymology. Mediocre ultimately comes from Latin mediocris, which meant "middling, ordinary, unremarkable." The Latin word in turn is a compound based on a rather concrete metaphor—we often find that abstract words are rooted in vivid comparisons when we trace the history of words back till we hit bedrock. In this case, the bedrock is a Latin word for "mountain." Mediocris is a compound of the adjective medius, "half" or "in the middle," and ocris, "rugged mountain." Something that is mediocre is only midway up a mountain or rises up to only half a mountain's height, as it were—the thing goes just halfway to the highest point of excellence. The resemblance between the Latin word medius and English words like middle and midway is no accident. They are all ultimately descended from the Proto-Indo-European word *medhyo-, "middle."

mediocre

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

me•di•o•cre

(ˌmi diˈoʊ kər)

adj.
of only ordinary or moderate quality; barely adequate.
[1580–90; < Middle French < Latin mediocris in a middle state, literally, at middle height =medi(us) mid1 + Old Latin ocris rugged mountain]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.mediocre - moderate to inferior in quality; "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"
inferior - of low or inferior quality
2.mediocre - lacking exceptional quality or ability; "a novel of average merit"; "only a fair performance of the sonata"; "in fair health"; "the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average"; "the performance was middling at best"
ordinary - not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree; "ordinary everyday objects"; "ordinary decency"; "an ordinary day"; "an ordinary wine"
3.mediocre - poor to middling in quality; "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"
bad - having undesirable or negative qualities; "a bad report card"; "his sloppy appearance made a bad impression"; "a bad little boy"; "clothes in bad shape"; "a bad cut"; "bad luck"; "the news was very bad"; "the reviews were bad"; "the pay is bad"; "it was a bad light for reading"; "the movie was a bad choice"

mediocre

adjective second-rate, average, ordinary, indifferent, middling, pedestrian, inferior, commonplace, vanilla (slang), insignificant, so-so (informal), banal, tolerable, run-of-the-mill, passable, undistinguished, uninspired, bog-standard (Brit. & Irish slang), no great shakes (informal), half-pie (N.Z. informal), fair to middling (informal) His university record was mediocre.
excellent, extraordinary, superb, distinguished, superior, distinctive, unrivalled, incomparable, unsurpassed, unexcelled
Quotations
"Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major it had been all three" [Joseph Heller Catch-22]

mediocre

adjective
Translations
مُعْتَدِل، وَسَط، عادي
prostřední
middelmådig
középszerû
miîlungs-, meîallags-
pusėtinasvidutiniškumasvidutinybė
viduvējs
povprečen

mediocre

[ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkəʳ] ADJmediocre

mediocre

[ˌmiːdiˈəʊkər] adjmédiocre

mediocre

mediocre

[ˌmiːdɪˈəʊkəʳ] adjmediocre

mediocre

(miːdiˈoukə) adjective
not very good or great; ordinary. a mediocre performance/effort.
ˌmediˈocrity (-ˈo-) noun
References in classic literature ?
It is very probable that, had the Battle of Salamis never been fought, the face of the world would have been much as we behold it now, fashioned by the mediocre inspiration and the short-sighted labours of men.
Her husband's quiet tastes irritate her, I think, and she finds it worth while to play the patroness to a group of young poets and painters of advanced ideas and mediocre ability.
Danglars comprehended the full extent of the wretched fate that overwhelmed Dantes; and, when Napoleon returned to France, he, after the manner of mediocre minds, termed the coincidence, "a decree of Providence." But when Napoleon returned to Paris, Danglars' heart failed him, and he lived in constant fear of Dantes' return on a mission of vengeance.
Otter, meek, mediocre, and self-satisfied, wore an air of importance.
Against such as were streaming up the hill toward them a single mediocre swordsman such as Ghek was worse than no defense at all.
The row of stones might have been longer, had not Ra Undreundre unfortunately received a spear in the small of his back in a bush skirmish on Somo Somo and been served up on the table of Naungavuli, whose mediocre string of stones numbered only forty-eight.
I was no boy of fourteen, living the mediocre ways of the sleepy town called Oakland.
The quality of the verse, generally mediocre at the outset, has often suffered much in transmission from generation to generation.
I am doatingly fond of musicpassionately fond;and my friends say I am not entirely devoid of taste; but as to any thing else, upon my honour my performance is mediocre to the last degree.
This evening she is merely a commonplace mediocre actress."
Amiable and modest, respectable in many ways, lovable even in their contentment and desire to be kind, how mediocre they all were, and capable of what insipid cruelty to one another!
It can serve no purpose with the ordinary, mediocre type of man.