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



mediocris (neuter mediocre); third declension

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


Third declension.

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 mediocria
ablative mediocrī mediocribus
vocative mediocris mediocre mediocrēs mediocria

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  1. ^ Pokorny, Julius (1959) Indogermanisches etymologisches Wörterbuch [Indo-European Etymological Dictionary] (in German), volume I, Bern, München: Francke Verlag, page 21
  • mediocris in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • mediocris in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
  • du Cange, Charles (1883), “mediocris”, in G. A. Louis Henschel, Pierre Carpentier, Léopold Favre, editors, Glossarium Mediæ et Infimæ Latinitatis (in Latin), Niort: L. Favre
  • mediocris in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français [Illustrated Latin-French Dictionary], Hachette
  • Carl Meissner; Henry William Auden (1894) Latin Phrase-Book[1], London: Macmillan and Co.
    • to adopt half-measures: mediocribus consiliis uti
    • a deep, high, thin, moderate voice: vox gravis, acuta, parva, mediocris