over·​rat·​ed | \ ˈō-vər-ˌrā-təd How to pronounce overrated (audio) \

Definition of overrated

: rated or valued too highly an overrated book/movie/restaurant The reign of James I is under scrutiny again. For too long this king has been the victim of literary pastiche, deployed as a foil to the fleeing glory of the overrated Elizabeth I.— J. A. Guy … Garrick had arranged for a member of the audience (a fellow actor), dressed as a Frenchified fop, to complain—as connoisseurs of French literary taste had complained for generations—that Shakespeare was vulgar, provincial, and overrated.— Jonathan Bate

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1586, in the meaning defined above

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“Overrated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/overrated. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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