What does the word mediocrity mean?

Usage examples for mediocrity

  1. But he nourished a deep and ever- deepening affection for this sensitive lad, and became desirous, almost passionately desirous, to lead him up to better things from out of the mediocrity of his present associations. – Three French Moralists and The Gallantry of France by Edmund Gosse
  2. Hence his ardent ambitions, and his appearance of plodding mediocrity in practical life. – The Crown of Life by George Gissing