from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Given an undue amount of credit for quality or merit in a field; not necessarily related to popularity.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of overrate.


over- +‎ rated. (Wiktionary)


  • It wasn't till twenty years later that it started to become a fixture among the greatest films of all time lists, indeed even now a lot of people call it overrated (they're wrong by the way).

    Kicking The Dog

  • Making an argument about things or people being overrated is usually something that morons do.

    Matthew Yglesias » Hinderacker: Gandhi, Mandela are Overrated

  • Judging by the comments that previous Overrated lists have received not to mention the book itself, many people don't like it when something is called "overrated."

    7 Overrated Things That Are Actually Pretty Good (But Still Overrated) (PHOTOS)

  • Mildred Pierce, while overrated, is another great example of what you are talking about.

    Swinging with the proto-feminists

  • Among the overrated is Mihir Bose's Bollywood, plucked from the crowd by Mark Cousins pegs: "Contains the line, 'he was so nervous that he was a bundle of nerves,' which, when I read it on the train, made me laugh so much that people got impatient."

    GreenCine Daily: Shorts, 12/13.

  • Bill Simmons aka ESPN's Sportsguy likes to write about a concept he calls overrated underrated athletes.

    The Full Feed from

  • Judging by the comments that previous OverRated lists have received not to mention the book itself, many people don't like it when something is called "overrated".

    The Full Feed from

  • I would say that everything is rated pretty accurately, and the only reason most people use the terms overrated and underrated is because their opinion differs from the norm and they can't think of a better way to argue their point.


  • I use the word overrated because my friends kept telling me The Untouchables was a 10.


  • But I'd really have to disagree that No Country is "overrated" -- the book is damned good, and the movie's damned good ...

    Mike Miley: The Coen Brothers' Mean Streak


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