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noun as in ordinariness

noun as in a mediocre person

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Whereas discomfort often fuels motivation and innovation, comfort can fuel complacency and mediocrity.

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It’s a ritual that has become habit for this Boston team, one of those celebratory routines that seem to signal some level of camaraderie — or at least that signal a team is far from resigned to six months of angsty mediocrity.

“Californians are tired of having a governor whose operating themes are hypocrisy, self-interest, half truths and mediocrity,” Ose said in a statement announcing his run.

Earlier this century, ridiculing Chris Martin seemed well on its way to becoming an Olympic sport, but eventually all of the self-appointed deputies holding Coldplay responsible for its milky mediocrity seemed to forget that the band ever existed.

That report claimed that the nation's public schools were mired in “a rising tide of mediocrity” because they were too easy.

A “komitetchik par excellence,” a man of “outstanding mediocrity,” and “the grave digger of the revolution.”

If the point was to create a paean to mediocrity, then Linklater has made maybe the definitive work on the subject.

Does the mediocrity of the job market mean that America no longer needs people who deal with abstractions?

Both the Giants and the Jets descended into mediocrity, a situation epitomized by the “Miracle In The Meadowlands” in 1978.

While the Giants receded into two decades of mediocrity, the Jets took over New York.

These last animals, the largest of which is below mediocrity, seem confined to the regions of South America.

He was angry and impatient with the "cavilling spirit of mediocrity," that takes pleasure in the lapses of "the mighty-souled."

She wore an exquisite white frock but is not herself a pretty girl though her grace uplifts somewhat her mediocrity of appearance.

He would have suffered in spontaneity, vivacity, originality, and quietly taken his anchorage in the sleepy haven of mediocrity.

Yet Macaulay Carvel was not to be despised on account of his high-class mediocrity.


On this page you'll find 9 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to mediocrity, such as: normality, averageness, commonness, and commonplaceness.

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