mediocre

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj mediocre poor to middling in quality "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"
    • adj mediocre lacking exceptional quality or ability "a novel of average merit","only a fair performance of the sonata","in fair health","the caliber of the students has gone from mediocre to above average","the performance was middling at best"
    • adj mediocre moderate to inferior in quality "they improved the quality from mediocre to above average"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Mediocre A mediocre person; a mediocrity.
    • Mediocre A young monk who was excused from performing a portion of a monk's duties.
    • a mediocre mē`dĭ*ō"kẽr Of a middle quality; of but a moderate or low degree of excellence; indifferent; ordinary. "A very mediocre poet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • mediocre Of moderate degree or quality; middling; indifferent; ordinary.
    • n mediocre One of middling quality, talents, or merit.
    • n mediocre A monk between twenty-four and forty years of age, who was excused from the office of the chantry and from reading the epistle and gospel, but performed his duty in choir, cloister, and refectory.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Mediocre mē′di-ō-kėr of middling extent or quality: moderate
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Quotations

  • Jimmy Breslin
    Jimmy Breslin
    “Media, the plural of mediocrity.”
  • Sir Max Beerbohm
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    “Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best.”
  • Thomas Carlyle
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    “The world is a republic of mediocrities, and always was.”
  • Benjamin Disraeli
    Benjamin%20Disraeli
    “Mediocrity can talk, but it is for genius to observe.”
  • Jean Giraudoux
    Jean Giraudoux
    “Only the mediocre are always at their best.”
  • Henry S. Haskins
    Henry S. Haskins
    “Good behavior is the last refuge of mediocrity.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. médiocre, L. mediocris, fr. medius, middle. See Mid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. mediocrismedius, middle.

Usage

In literature:

The first are the great hosts and hostesses; the others are the mediocre or the failures.
"Etiquette" by Emily Post
Her ideas about his book were mediocre enough, but who would expect her to be a critic?
"Là-bas" by J. K. Huysmans
The result would be to favour mediocre men, or even in extreme cases the most inferior.
"Proportional Representation Applied To Party Government" by T. R. Ashworth and H. P. C. Ashworth
But they deliberately chose mediocrities.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
I will reel him off the one passage in which Shakespeare spoke of Christmas in words that rise to the level of mediocrity.
"A Christmas Garland" by Max Beerbohm
This precaution is not superfluous, for many plans have been invented to enable mediocre people to pass.
"Ten Great Religions" by James Freeman Clarke
Not one in ten of them rises even to mediocrity as a dancer.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. 341, March, 1844, Vol. 55" by Various
Many a clever boy is flogged into a dunce, and many an original composition corrected into mediocrity.
"The Journal of Sir Walter Scott" by Walter Scott
I have never heard her praise anything but mediocrity yet.
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
Round the walls hung pictures, of mediocre value, in dingy frames; but all of them bore sounding titles.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece" by John Addington Symonds
Mediocrity shows itself for what it is worth, no matter what temporary name it may have acquired.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. XII. July, 1863, No. LXIX." by Various
Europe is simply peppered everywhere with sculpture whose appalling mediocrity defies competition.
"Your United States" by Arnold Bennett
The poems of Saint Theresa (1515-1582) are few and mostly mediocre.
"Modern Spanish Lyrics" by Various
At this exult, O mediocrity!
"Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 84, October, 1864" by Various
He only desired now to be forgotten as quickly as possible, to lapse into mediocrity as easily and quietly as he could.
"A Man's Woman" by Frank Norris
For a nation as for a household, it is the government of the happy balance, of mediocrity, of chicanery.
"The Petty Troubles of Married Life, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
He is touched with the torpedo of mediocrity.
"Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman" by William Godwin
If it is great art and fine life that you want, you must renounce this religion of safe mediocrity.
"Art" by Clive Bell
His own character was mediocre, rather free from vices than rich in virtues.
"Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II" by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
They both condemned it as mediocre and without much interest.
"Paris: With Pen and Pencil" by David W. Bartlett
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In poetry:

Standing in a garden
in hot sun
sipping a mediocre wine;
talk talk talk.
"In a Garden" by Raymond Queneau
Could such a mediocre
Fisherman harvest? I think not!
The sea at Ise
Sends waves high upon the shore
Where the algae grows!
"Could such a mediocre Fisherman" by Ise
Your state to ours is contrary,
That makes you think us poor,
So Black-moors think us foul, and we
Are quit with them, and more,
Nothing can see
And judge of things but mediocrity.
"A Paradox, That The Sick Are In A Better Case Than The Whole" by George Herbert

In news:

Think of the mediocrity industry that would spring up with the NFL leading the way.
For a story that aims to celebrate extraordinary individuals and embraces the concept of elitism, the bland mediocrity of most of the characters — Dagny especially — is a definite problem.
Lions QB Matthew Stafford's mediocre rating is justified.
Two players that Jason Garrett holds up as shining examples of being "the right kind of guys" see better days ahead for the mired-in- mediocrity Dallas Cowboys.
AJ McCarron sets an Alabama record, but it's 'just a mediocre night' to him.
Randy Moss' mediocre return to Minnesota.
'I was a mediocre student until I got to college'.
Oogiloves Movie Takes In Mediocre $448K From Friday-Sunday, Sets Lowest Location Average Record.
Biden and Ryan have similarities, including mediocre poll ratings.
Obama's mediocre outing before the press corps.
Europe's economy: From mediocre to worse (Infographic).
Austin judge wonders if the state is ”satisfied with mediocrity .”.
Tedford was fired on Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012, after 11 seasons at California that began with great promise and ended with a disappointing run of mediocrity .
But defense writer and strategist Thomas Ricks believes that the culture of mediocre leadership in our military is the true source of the problem.
Defense writer and strategist Thomas Ricks believes that the culture of mediocre leadership in our military is the true source of the problem.
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In science:

However, when applied to the entire shape of the empirical distribution, the power law would produce a rather mediocre fit and would be outperformed by other candidate processes like the lognormal or Gamma distributions.
Emergent Statistical Wealth Distributions in Simple Monetary Exchange Models: A Critical Review
However screen readers only exist for the Windows operation system and their performance is reported to be mediocre in combination with Flash.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
Kernel methods scale with an already mediocre time complexity of at least O(N 2.3 ) with respect to the size N of the training set, but combining multiple kernels or learning the hyperparameters of a single kernel significantly slows down training.
Learning Random Kernel Approximations for Object Recognition
However, my advanced mathematics skills are mediocre at best so these avenues are still left open in this letter.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
Watts concludes, that ’physicists may be marvelous technicians, but they are mediocre sociologists’.
Around the gap between sociophysics and sociology
For example, CLO deals managed by a reputable manager often command a sizable premium comparing to those managed by a mediocre manager.
A Top-down Model for Cash CLO
An adjective can imply positive meaning, like ‘excellent’, negative meaning, like ‘poor’ and neutral meaning, like ‘mediocre’.
Opinion Polarity Identification through Adjectives
Table 4: Sample input for learning Naïve Bayesian classifier. The input is a set of tuples containing similarity values to (excellent, mediocre, poor) computed by SynSim and StemSim.
Opinion Polarity Identification through Adjectives
Secondly, an intriguing line of argument by Weinberg and collaborators is that, due to a ‘Principle of Mediocrity’ espoused by Vilenkin, Λ is not likely to be much smaller than the limit allowing galaxies to form.
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
This is an example of use of SAP as an explanatory principle, but depends on the additional assumption of the Principle of Mediocrity – an unverifiable philosophical principle.
Editorial note to "Large number coincidences and the anthropic principle in cosmology"
In particular, the non-linearity of photographic plates and mediocre seeing conditions are probably fatal to the detection of this effect, owing to its smallness.
Weak Gravitational Lensing
As we have mentioned earlier, the log-normal distribution is a mediocre fit to the PDFs of high-mass clusters, and a better understanding of their shapes is required in order to fully assess their impact on temperature number counts.
An expanded merger-tree description of cluster evolution
There is room for such arguments and and there is also room for a distinction between good, mediocre, and bad arguments from authority.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
We observed empirically that for a fixed Σ this approach does well at minimizing the ob jective, but that the solution can be very sensitive to mediocre estimates of Σ.
Correcting gene expression data when neither the unwanted variation nor the factor of interest are observed
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