Definitions

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  • v. To praise too little.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To praise below desert.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To praise below desert.

Etymologies

under- +‎ praise (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I suppose Calderon was over-praised some twenty years ago: for the last twenty it has been the fashion to underpraise him, I am sure.

    Letters of Edward FitzGerald in two volumes, Vol. 1

  • The interesting element of the game was that it required one to evaluate not films but people; that is, to sift through the prejudices of one’s movie-freak friends and the peccadilloes and quirks of the major reviewers, and by graphing, as it were, what each could be expected to overpraise, underpraise, revile, not notice, or deliberately ignore, one could acquire a very nice sense of the film.

    film flam

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