un·​der·​ap·​pre·​ci·​at·​ed | \ ˌən-dər-ə-ˈprē-shē-ˌā-təd \

Definition of underappreciated

: not duly appreciated

Examples of underappreciated in a Sentence

Her work is underappreciated by the critics.

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While there’s something to be said for underappreciated Windows gems like Paint 3D and even Mixed Reality Portal, their appeal died due to under-promotion, a lack of interest in virtual reality, and simple consumer apathy. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10's April 2019 Update should be as straightforward as its name," 25 Jan. 2019 Durant seems to be edging towards life as the Twitter era’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: His game is phenomenal, consistent, and ground-breaking, but he’s been left feeling misunderstood, underappreciated and defensive. Ben Golliver, SI.com, "The Crossover's All-NBA and All-Defensive Picks: Who Deserves to Make First Team?," 11 Apr. 2018 Eugenio Suarez, the All-Star third baseman for the Cincinnati Reds and one of the most underappreciated talents in the game, likes to chew gum while on the field. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Eugenio Suarez Can Run, Hit, Throw and Chew Gum at the Same Time," 2 Aug. 2018 As sure as black women have proven themselves to be the often-underappreciated backbone of the Democratic party, white women voters are establishing themselves as maddeningly, confusingly . . Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Do White Women Keep Voting for the GOP and Against Their Own Interests?," 8 Nov. 2018 More often than not, the thankless grunt work carried out by offensive linemen on a football field goes unnoticed and underappreciated. Theo Lawson, The Seattle Times, "Mike Leach praises freshman OL Abraham Lucas: ‘One of the best offensive linemen in the conference’," 6 Nov. 2018 Will, played by the long-underappreciated character virtuoso Ben Foster, has carried post-traumatic stress disorder home from his time in the military. Colin Covert, Detroit Free Press, "‘Leave No Trace’ is a moving father-daughter story," 12 July 2018 Like so many iconic artists, Gauguin, underappreciated in life, became celebrated in death. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Review: Vincent Cassel's soulful portrayal propels vivid 'Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti'," 10 July 2018 Envoy Sacramento, California, can often be underappreciated. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sacramento’s $44 million plan to become the U.S. electric car capital," 17 July 2018

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of underappreciated

: not appreciated or valued enough

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to deny responsibility for

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