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Of extremely poor quality.
substandard, below standard, below par, bad, deficient, defective, faulty, imperfect, inferior, mediocreView synonyms
- ‘Uriah Heep is watered down tenth-rate Jethro Tull, only even more boring and inane.’
- ‘‘This is clearly tenth-rate drivel,’ a senior official said.’
- ‘He instructed and cajoled, and as a result American museums are filled with old masters rather than the tenth-rate salon paintings of the dernier siècle that they might otherwise have contained.’
- ‘There have been plenty of men, of course, who write more, but what they wrote after the three hours were up was second-rate stuff - and sometimes third-rate, sixth- and tenth-rate stuff.’
- ‘Nevertheless, all the translations of Pushkin's poems that I have ever seen make him resemble a tenth-rate imitator of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.’
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