Definition of mediocrity in English:


nounPlural mediocrities

mass noun
  • 1The quality or state of being mediocre.

    ‘the team suddenly came good after years of mediocrity’
    • ‘The enduring struggle to provide mediocrity for all continues.’
    • ‘He gave six reasons for its increasing tendency toward mediocrity and irrelevance.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘He may not be the best actor, but his charm and charisma help him elevate any role above mediocrity.’
    • ‘But he may well have chosen the wrong ship to board with his undoubtedly quality brand of mediocrity.’
    • ‘Now imagine sitting there for almost two hours of cinematic mediocrity.’
    • ‘You see, he's a talented and driven composer and director who loathes mediocrity above everything else.’
    • ‘In truth the game never rose above mediocrity, as Dingle and Crokes struggled to find their range.’
    • ‘Overall it was a well contested game but it never rose above mediocrity with Rangers just about deserving their win.’
    • ‘Neither realms are renowned for rewarding mediocrity and underachievement.’
    • ‘Is St Lucia doomed forever to be an island synonymous with mediocrity?’
    • ‘History teaches that we are not only tolerant of mediocrity - we thrive on it.’
    • ‘A high finish is usually followed by a slip towards mediocrity.’
    • ‘I'm supposed to be celebrating mediocrity here, but to be honest it's getting a little boring.’
    • ‘The opening half was a dire affair with the standard of hurling never rising above mediocrity.’
    • ‘We have reduced all and everything to the level of mediocrity so that nothing and no-one stands out or is in any way offended.’
    • ‘These problems allowed mediocrity to rise too often to the top.’
    • ‘Such practices create real grievances, encourage mediocrity, and are bound to inflame sectarian resentment.’
    • ‘He survived on mediocrity, excelling at little but being passable at most things.’
    • ‘Why, too, are most of us afraid to excel, settling instead for mediocrity?’
    ordinariness, commonplaceness, lack of inspiration, passableness, adequacy, indifference
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    1. 1.1count noun A person of mediocre ability.
      ‘a brilliant woman surrounded by mediocrities’
      • ‘This is just the scenario the mediocrities were praying for.’
      • ‘Putting it bluntly, we don't want heroes we can admire; we want mediocrities with whom we can identify.’
      • ‘Ambitious mediocrities can be counted on to throw dirt on their betters.’
      • ‘Professional mediocrities waste time, energy and breath.’
      • ‘He shot almost everyone who was intelligent and thereby ensured that the surviving mediocrities would manage to lose an empire within 40 years of his death.’
      • ‘How else would so many mediocrities get into high places?’
      • ‘Think of the many mediocrities that go through education programs and end up teaching.’
      • ‘Neville, who surrounded himself with mediocrities and yes men, followed a policy of appeasement after he was pushed into the top job in 1937.’
      • ‘They seemed a drab assortment of mediocrities.’
      • ‘But that would make him no different than 10,000 other mediocrities in academia in many other fields.’
      • ‘You can't take power from mediocrities because they work 24 hours a day to keep what they have.’
      • ‘First, the system's best teachers will resent being treated like robots and are likely to leave, while the mediocrities will follow orders.’
      • ‘We end up with duds, mediocrities and second raters - the kind of people who have wasted such a scandalous amount of public money building the new Scottish parliament.’
      • ‘And it allows low-performing mediocrities to get promoted over and over and over.’
      • ‘And if the system is only capable of producing failures and mediocrities, with the occasional good bishop slipping through the cracks, then there must be a reform in the system.’
      • ‘And what sorts of bland mediocrities will end up on the courts?’
      • ‘Virtually all those who have achieved prominence or notoriety have been exposed as mediocrities and rank scoundrels.’
      • ‘Much as it may disappoint the flop of mediocrities who have decided to pursue power in Edinburgh, the Scottish executive was not created to be a national government.’
      • ‘Insignificant in herself, she stands as a cipher for the famous mediocrities of our time, and they are legion.’
      • ‘Top academic salaries in Australia for those who are the outstanding performers are far too low, while mediocrities and worse are rewarded beyond their deserts.’
      nonentity, nobody, nothing, lightweight, cipher, second-rater, amateur
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