verb (used with object), un·der·rat·ed, un·der·rat·ing.
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What does underrated mean?
If you call something underrated, it means you think the general opinion about it is lower than it should be.
Underrated is an adjective, but is also the past tense of the verb underrate. It is somewhat more common to call something underrated than to say that people underrate it, but both are used. The opposite of underrated is overrated, which is perhaps more commonly used.
Example: I think Brussels sprouts are an underrated food.
Where does underrated come from?
The first records of the verb underrate come from the 1600s, but for much of its history it was used in a technical sense related to the valuation of property or the estimation of taxes.
It can still be used this way, but as an adjective it is popularly used to express the opinion that the general consensus (the popularly held opinion) about something isn’t as favorable as you think it should be. Just about anything can be described as underrated, but it is often applied to aspects of popular culture. It’s frequently used to describe not things that are generally disliked but things that a lot of people like but don’t love. You might describe an actor as underrated if you think their performances are better than people give them credit for. You might argue that a movie is underrated when you think it’s awesome but other people think it’s just OK. Pro athletes are especially prone to being labeled as overrated or underrated. Sometimes, underrated can be used to refer to literal ratings, as in Critics severely underrated her last album, rating it an average of three stars when it’s clearly worthy of five. Occasionally, underrated is used to describe a thing that is universally loved to emphasize how great it is (and to be funny or ironic), as in I gotta say, pizza is underrated.
Saying something is underappreciated is similar to saying it’s underrated, but underappreciated can imply that not enough people know about a thing to appreciate it (or fully understand its importance), whereas underrated usually only relates to the existing popular opinion about a thing.
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What are some other forms related to underrated?
- underrate (verb)
What are some synonyms for underrated?
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How is underrated used in real life?
Underrated is most often used in lighthearted conversations about pop culture. It’s often used to describe something you’re passionate about and want others to fully appreciate.
Honeydew is indeed underrated
— Nash Grier (@Nashgrier) September 7, 2014
Rihanna's Anti is underrated. Don't @ me.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) December 8, 2016
the emperors new groove is the most underrated disney movie of all time
— nathan zed (@NathanZed) March 26, 2018
Try using underrated!
Which of the following things is most likely to be described as underrated in a nonironic way?
B. ice cream
C. a specific flavor of ice cream
Example sentences from the Web for underrate
However, Tyrion is portrayed as even-tempered and intelligent, an underrated force of his own.The Abused Wives of Westeros: A Song of Feminism in ‘Game of Thrones’|Amy Zimmerman|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Not that Walton isn't brilliant playing that note…go back and rematch the underrated Perfect Couples as proof.'About a Boy' Star David Walton Is No Hugh Grant, in the Best Way|Kevin Fallon|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I think Starship Troopers is a brilliant satire and an underrated masterpiece.Eli Roth, Director of ‘The Green Inferno,’ On His Favorite Bloody Movie Kills|Eli Roth|September 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Is he an underrated actor—which I, for one, believe he is—or a one-trick pony?Keanu Reeves on ‘Man of Tai Chi,’ ‘Bill & Ted’ & ‘Point Break’|Marlow Stern|September 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He was one of the most underrated novelists in the English language since World War II.
But the saner men among them saw that, as usual, Mazzini had 184 underrated the danger.The Life of Mazzini|Bolton King
The difficulty of keeping on friendly terms with France is not to be underrated.Lord Lyons: A Record of British Diplomacy, Vol. 2 of 2|Thomas Wodehouse Legh Newton
But the danger was underrated, and no force was sent lest it should offend Shah Shuja.India Under British Rule|James Talboys Wheeler
While it cannot be said that he overrated his own abilities, neither can it be said that he underrated them.Booker T. Washington|Emmett J. Scott and Lyman Beecher Stowe
Why, of women, to be sure—of us poor creatures of burden, underrated and misunderstood all the world over.Love Me Little, Love Me Long|Charles Reade