To you or me he would have looked like what he was, a second or third-rate tragedian.
There are numerous second- and third-rate hotels in the city and suburbs.
There are too many cheap lawyers and third-rate politicians there.
They tell us what it is, a third-rate city in a stony wilderness.
He is a music master, or a penny-a-liner, or a third-rate artist.
From that ...