un·​der·​ap·​pre·​ci·​at·​ed ˌən-dər-ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce underappreciated (audio)
: not duly appreciated

Examples of underappreciated in a Sentence

Her work is underappreciated by the critics.
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Word History

First Known Use

1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of underappreciated was in 1968

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“Underappreciated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underappreciated. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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