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MEDIOCRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does mediocre mean? 

MEDIOCRE (adjective)
  The adjective MEDIOCRE has 3 senses:

1. moderate to inferior in quality
2. lacking exceptional quality or ability
3. poor to middling in quality

  Familiarity information: MEDIOCRE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


MEDIOCRE (adjective)


Sense 1mediocre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Moderate to inferior in quality

Synonyms:

mediocre; second-rate

Context example:

they improved the quality from mediocre to above average

Similar:

inferior (of low or inferior quality)


Sense 2mediocre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking exceptional quality or ability

Synonyms:

middling; mediocre; average; fair

Context examples:

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

Similar:

ordinary (not exceptional in any way especially in quality or ability or size or degree)


Sense 3mediocre [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Poor to middling in quality

Context example:

there have been good and mediocre and bad artists

Similar:

bad (having undesirable or negative qualities)


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