V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: of average or poor quality

Synonyms: average, ordinary, so-so, commonplace, weak, second-rate, poor, marginal

Antonyms: excellent, exceptional, great, first-rate

Tips: Mediocre comes from the Latin mediocris, which was formed from medius, "middle" and ocris, "rugged mountain." The essential meaning is that of being in a "middle state"--adequate, but not impressive. Today, mediocre is used mainly as a critique to say that something is not very good. Its related noun mediocrity denotes an average quality.

Usage Examples:

I looked forward to tasting their wedding cake, but it turned out to be just mediocre. (average, so-so)

I'm not sure how he got the job, because I thought he was a rather mediocre candidate. (average, marginal, second-rate)

I don't think the gallery has been successful because the caliber of art there is pretty mediocre. (commonplace, weak)

We will not tolerate mediocrity--we only want the best working for us. (averageness, anything less than greatness) noun

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