The noun mediocrity means the quality of being average or ordinary. You can't be great at everything — in some areas, we all fall into mediocrity.

Mediocrity, pronounced "me-dee-AH-crih-tee," has Latin parts that together literally mean "halfway up the mountain." You can see how it still applies — in climbing the mountain — or ladder — of success, mediocrity is in the middle, neither leading the pack nor sprawling on ground, giving up. Such of person of this middle-level of success can also be called a mediocrity. That's a second definition of the word.

Definitions of mediocrity

n ordinariness as a consequence of being average and not outstanding

Type of:
mundaneness, mundanity, ordinariness
the quality of being commonplace and ordinary

n a person of second-rate ability or value

“shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him”
Type of:
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
a human being

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