underappreciated

adjective
un·​der·​ap·​pre·​ci·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌā-təd How to pronounce underappreciated (audio) \

Definition of underappreciated

: not duly appreciated

Examples of underappreciated in a Sentence

Her work is underappreciated by the critics.
Recent Examples on the Web The Celtics have an All-NBA/MVP candidate in Jayson Tatum, who can score and play defense, Jaylen Brown whose high-level production has been underappreciated, the defensive player of the year in Marcus Smart and a cast that plays great team defense. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 1 May 2022 Her organizing played an important if often underappreciated part in Mr. Marshall’s vision for desegregation, said Sherrilyn Ifill, the president emerita of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, in an interview. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 Yet for months the critical, if underappreciated, element of Biden's legislative checklist sat in limbo, stuck behind high-profile Democratic priorities, and weighed down by a handful of substantive policy disputes. Phil Mattingly, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 Just like the strength of Alabama’s run defense may be underappreciated nationally, the Tide’s lack of a running game may be a bit downplayed. Christopher Smith, al, 29 Dec. 2021 The economic forces that affect the work lives of individuals with disabilities can sometimes be underappreciated in the larger business community, however, the impact is significant. Paula Morgan, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 Keith Humphreys, a Stanford psychologist, said the issue of death and despair among older men was underappreciated and understudied. New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 Meanwhile, Black reporters who had been hired were complaining about being underappreciated and disrespected. Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2022 Mike Bossy, after his magnificent hockey career was over, came to feel the New York Islanders were underappreciated. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of underappreciated

1968, in the meaning defined above

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13 May 2022

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“Underappreciated.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underappreciated. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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