What is a single word for a person who is underestimated in this situation:

a group of people underestimates/humiliates one of its members by treating her/him so bad, i.e. verbal abuse, harassment, rudeness and such.

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    Underestimate means to misjudge it is different than humiliate. Does your victim seek vengeance (one would expect this if they are underestimated)? Being treated this way, they are being bullied
    – Peter
    Feb 3, 2016 at 14:38
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    Because a person is disrespected it does not mean they are underestimated. Are you actually thinking of a different word?
    – Peter
    Feb 3, 2016 at 15:53
  • By underestimate do you mean the person is held in low esteem by the people abusing them and people don't think much of that person?
    – Peter
    Feb 3, 2016 at 20:58
  • Yes. The person isn't given any chance to speak up as well.
    – Student
    Feb 4, 2016 at 3:32
  • Wow , this quesion went everywhere but to an answer. It seems" readily underestimated " is about as good as I can manage as well. I was looking for the same , to describe a person who is just that as well. There doesn't seem to be a word that carries the proper connotation and intent. Sep 25, 2019 at 23:57

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Such a person is often called a pariah.

Originally the word referred to a member of a particular Indian caste. Nowadays, it is used to refer to anyone who is disrespected, ignored and is denied a chance to put their case.

  • I am an Indian and this word is very much from my mother tongue as well! Never thought of this! +1
    – Maulik V
    Sep 26, 2019 at 3:25

The word 'outcast' may suit for humiliation; on the other hand, an underdog would mean to underestimate someone for their efforts/work.


Underdog fits what you are looking for:

An underdog is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is not favored to win and popularly expected to lose. The party, team, or individual expected to win is called the favorite or top dog. In the case where an underdog wins, the outcome is an upset.

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