Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


"ALL of father's mediums are that kind," declared Lulie, emphatically.

Of frauds under the name of mediums there has been an abundance.

It won't do to be hasty in condemning the mediums wholesale.

The mediums are so nonchalant while causing these marvels that they fail to convince.

Yes, the newspapers are filled with accounts of mediums exposed.

What's the use of mediums at all if the dead can really come back?

Again, I work only in two mediums, water-color and charcoal.

And he is not alone; there are thousands of mediums, only we do not know them.

Conjurers are no more likely to understand the tricks of the mediums than any other person is.

"They do write, people say, with ouija boards and mediums," she murmured.


1580s, "a middle ground, quality, or degree," from Latin medium "the middle, midst, center; interval," noun use of neuter of adjective medius (see medial (adj.)). Meaning "intermediate agency, channel of communication" is from c.1600. That of "person who conveys spiritual messages" first recorded 1853, from notion of "substance through which something is conveyed." Artistic sense (oil, watercolors, etc.) is from 1854. Happy medium is the "golden mean," Horace's aurea mediocritas.