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hypercorrect

[ hahy-per-kuh-rekt ]
/ ˌhaɪ pər kəˈrɛkt /
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adjective

overly correct; excessively fastidious; fussy: hypercorrect manners.
of, relating to, or characterized by hypercorrection.

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Origin of hypercorrect

First recorded in 1920–25; hyper- + correct
hy·per·cor·rect·ly, adverbhy·per·cor·rect·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for hypercorrect

hypercorrect
/ (ˌhaɪpəkəˈrɛkt) /

adjective

excessively correct or fastidious
resulting from or characterized by hypercorrection
hypercorrectness, noun
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