AskDefine | Define mediocrity

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1 ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding [syn: averageness]
2 a person of second-rate ability or value; "a team of aging second-raters"; "shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him" [syn: second-rater]

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  1. The condition of being mediocre.
  2. An individual who is mediocre.


condition of being mediocre

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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