Definition of Second-rater
1. Noun. A person of second-rate ability or value. "Shone among the mediocrities who surrounded him"
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Derivative terms: Mediocre, Mediocre
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Literary usage of Second-rater
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. A Dictionary of Chemistry by Andrew Ure (1828)
"... soap and a little indigo; which fires it that bluish cast commonly observed in »hite silk. U'hen the silk is taken out of this second rater, they wring ..."
2. A Military and Naval Dictionary by John Philip Wisser, henry Colford Gauss (1905)
"A first rater is an armored ship above 8000 tons, a second rater an armored ship above 4000 tons, a third rater, small armored ships, protected and ..."
3. Sporting Magazine edited by [Anonymus AC02751662] (1826)
"... and was the best three-years-old of his day; yet when Rolla was matched against Tag, a second-rater,he was beat in a common canter. ..."
4. The Quarterly Review by John Gibson Lockhart, George Walter Prothero, William Gifford, Sir John Taylor Coleridge, Whitwell Elwin, William Macpherson, Baron Rowland Edmund Prothero Ernle, Sir William Smith (1904)
"Now we never see a horse out so often unless he is a miserable ' second-rater' earning his corn bill. To compile 57,4537. in winnings, Isinglass was only ..."
5. The Best Short Stories of ... and the Yearbook of the American Short Story edited by [Anonymus AC02789944] (1919)
"... taking care of chickens and gas engines, analytic psychology, talking with a friend, and writing poetry- Lives in New York City. •Second-Rater. ..."
6. Recreation by George O. Shields, American Canoe Association, League of American Sportsmen (1898)
"... winter he almost died of pneumonia in Canada and although he attempted racing in 1897 he had to be classed, however reluctantly, as a second rater. ..."
7. Business and the Man by Joseph French Johnson, Alexander Hamilton Institute (U.S.) (1918)
"... to know and admire, or whose position in the world he regards with envy, he will fail to make the most of his own powers and will be a second-rater. ..."