mediocris

LatinEdit

EtymologyEdit

From medius and maybe ocris (rugged mountain), as if "halfway up".[1][2]

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

mediocris (neuter mediocre, comparative mediocrior, superlative medioximus, adverb mediocriter); third-declension two-termination adjective

  1. middling, moderate, medium
  2. tolerable, ordinary, normal
  3. mediocre, indifferent

DeclensionEdit

Third-declension two-termination adjective.

Number Singular Plural
Case / Gender Masc./Fem. Neuter Masc./Fem. Neuter
Nominative mediocris mediocre mediocrēs mediocria
Genitive mediocris mediocrium
Dative mediocrī mediocribus
Accusative mediocrem mediocre mediocrēs
mediocrīs
mediocria
Ablative mediocrī mediocribus
Vocative mediocris mediocre mediocrēs mediocria

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit

DescendantsEdit

  • English: mediocre
  • Portuguese: medíocre
  • Spanish: mediocre

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius, Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, 1959, page 21
  2. ^ De Vaan, Michiel, “ocris”, in Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7)‎[1], Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008, →ISBN, page 424
  • mediocris in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879
  • mediocris in Charlton T. Lewis, An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers, 1891
  • mediocris in Charles du Fresne du Cange’s Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (augmented edition, 1883–1887)
  • mediocris in Gaffiot, Félix, Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette, 1934
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden, Latin Phrase-Book[2], London: Macmillan and Co., 1894
    • to adopt half-measures: mediocribus consiliis uti
    • a deep, high, thin, moderate voice: vox gravis, acuta, parva, mediocris