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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MEDIOCRE

Verloc, whose affair the police has managed to smother so nicely, was mediocre.

As for me, I was as mediocre as the play itself, which is saying a great deal.

The picture of perfection itself is cold, negative, and mediocre.

He must be obscure, insignificant and mediocre—in thought, act, speech and sympathy.

Very good for mediocre people, I dare say; but it wouldn't suit me.

He no longer perceives the defects of his work—does not know that it is mediocre or bad.

He lifted them out of the mediocre; gave them standing and personality.

I'm only sorry that a man who might be brilliant is content to be mediocre because of his prejudices.

Assuredly, Didymus of Alexandria is no mediocre philosopher.

It was a radiation of genius, humbling every mediocre mortal it touched.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle French médiocre (16c.), from Latin mediocris "of middling height or state, moderate, ordinary," figuratively "mediocre, mean, inferior," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cf. Greek okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," Latin acer "sharp;" see acrid). As a noun, "medicore thing or person," by 1834.

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