un·​der·​priv·​i·​leged ˌən-dər-ˈpriv-lijd How to pronounce underprivileged (audio)
: deprived through social or economic condition of some of the fundamental rights of all members of a civilized society
: of or relating to underprivileged people
underprivileged areas of the city

Examples of underprivileged in a Sentence

an organization that distributes free books to underprivileged children
Recent Examples on the Web His foundation provides resources to underprivileged youth and families all while balancing this with his coveted professional sports career. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 26 Mar. 2024 To help sweeten the pot, the event would be a charity auction, with half the proceeds from Art’s work going to After-School All-Stars, a charity that provides free after-school programs for underprivileged youth. Jason Kersten, Rolling Stone, 23 Mar. 2024 The culprit, Asher suspects, is an underprivileged girl named Nala (played by Somali American actress and adorable scene-stealer Hikmah Warsame), who may or may not have mystical abilities. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 2 Feb. 2024 Ramon Ang, vice chairman, president and CEO of San Miguel Corp. (SMC), pledged this year to donate 500 million pesos ($9 million) to build schools for underprivileged children in Manila. Forbes Press Releases, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The Collins’ also talked about their Funk Not Fight initiative, which raises funds toward efforts dedicated to helping turn the tide of violence and unrest in underprivileged communities. Spin Contributor, SPIN, 22 Mar. 2024 The money is earmarked to benefit underprivileged and at-risk kids in the state’s Collier County through the Naples Children and Education Foundation. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 29 Jan. 2024 The country legend and the Princess of Wales have both launched several hugely successful initiatives for underprivileged children. Clare Fisher, Peoplemag, 19 Jan. 2024 There was no entrance fee, and the event featured the participation of major brands like Netflix and Warner Bros. Delgado sees the convention as not only promoting people and their creations, but also boosting underprivileged and Afro-Brazilian communities. Gabriel Leão, WIRED, 27 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1896, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of underprivileged was in 1896

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“Underprivileged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/underprivileged. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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un·​der·​priv·​i·​leged -ˈpriv-(ə-)lijd How to pronounce underprivileged (audio)
: having fewer privileges than others : poor

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