TEM8 IELTS GRE
1. Etymologically, mediocre means 'halfway up a mountain'.
2. medium => mediocre.
3. from medius "middle" + ocris "jagged mountain" (see acrid, acrobat, acrophobia).
4. acrid, acrobat, acrophobia => mediocre.
- mediocre:  Etymologically, mediocre means ‘halfway up a mountain’. It comes from Latin mediocris ‘of middle height, in a middle state’, which was formed from medius ‘middle’ (source of English medium) and ocris ‘rough stony mountain’.
- mediocre (adj.)
- 1580s, from Middle French médiocre (16c.), from Latin mediocris "of middling height or state, moderate, ordinary," figuratively "mediocre, mean, inferior," originally "halfway up a mountain," from medius "middle" (see medial (adj.)) + ocris "jagged mountain" (cognate with Greek okris "peak, point," Welsh ochr "corner, border," Latin acer "sharp;" see acrid). As a noun, "medicore thing or person," by 1834.
- 1. I thought the play was only mediocre.
- 2. The student tried hard, but his work is mediocre.
- 该生学习刻苦, 但学业平庸.
- 3. The critics condemned the play as mediocre.
- 4. Virginia was a perfectionist. She was just not prepared to settle for anything mediocre.
- 5. Only lazybones and mediocre persons could hanker after the days of messing together.
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