Definition of mediocrity in English:

mediocrity

noun

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

    ‘the team suddenly came good after years of mediocrity’
    • ‘The opening half was a dire affair with the standard of hurling never rising above mediocrity.’
    • ‘He may not be the best actor, but his charm and charisma help him elevate any role above mediocrity.’
    • ‘In truth the game never rose above mediocrity, as Dingle and Crokes struggled to find their range.’
    • ‘He survived on mediocrity, excelling at little but being passable at most things.’
    • ‘The enduring struggle to provide mediocrity for all continues.’
    • ‘You see, he's a talented and driven composer and director who loathes mediocrity above everything else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He hated mediocrity and always strived for perfection and excellence.’
    • ‘But he may well have chosen the wrong ship to board with his undoubtedly quality brand of mediocrity.’
    • ‘History teaches that we are not only tolerant of mediocrity - we thrive on it.’
    • ‘Such practices create real grievances, encourage mediocrity, and are bound to inflame sectarian resentment.’
    • ‘Why, too, are most of us afraid to excel, settling instead for mediocrity?’
    • ‘Now imagine sitting there for almost two hours of cinematic mediocrity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Neither realms are renowned for rewarding mediocrity and underachievement.’
    • ‘These problems allowed mediocrity to rise too often to the top.’
    • ‘Overall it was a well contested game but it never rose above mediocrity with Rangers just about deserving their win.’
    • ‘He gave six reasons for its increasing tendency toward mediocrity and irrelevance.’
    • ‘Is St Lucia doomed forever to be an island synonymous with 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’
      • ‘Neville, who surrounded himself with mediocrities and yes men, followed a policy of appeasement after he was pushed into the top job in 1937.’
      • ‘And it allows low-performing mediocrities to get promoted over and over and over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘How else would so many mediocrities get into high places?’
      • ‘Ambitious mediocrities can be counted on to throw dirt on their betters.’
      • ‘Virtually all those who have achieved prominence or notoriety have been exposed as mediocrities and rank scoundrels.’
      • ‘And what sorts of bland mediocrities will end up on the courts?’
      • ‘Think of the many mediocrities that go through education programs and end up teaching.’
      • ‘But that would make him no different than 10,000 other mediocrities in academia in many other fields.’
      • ‘Professional mediocrities waste time, energy and breath.’
      • ‘This is just the scenario the mediocrities were praying for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They seemed a drab assortment of mediocrities.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘First, the system's best teachers will resent being treated like robots and are likely to leave, while the mediocrities will follow orders.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Putting it bluntly, we don't want heroes we can admire; we want mediocrities with whom we can identify.’
      • ‘You can't take power from mediocrities because they work 24 hours a day to keep what they have.’
      • ‘Insignificant in herself, she stands as a cipher for the famous mediocrities of our time, and they are legion.’
      nonentity, nobody, nothing, lightweight, cipher, second-rater, amateur
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Pronunciation

mediocrity

/miːdɪˈɒkrɪti/