[ oh-ver-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən /
a pronounced striving to neutralize and conceal a strong but unacceptable character trait by substituting for it an opposite trait.
compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree: The pay was overcompensation for the work done.
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Origin of overcompensation
Related formso·ver·com·pen·sa·to·ry [oh-ver-kuh m-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈoʊ vər kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over-compensation
/ (ˌəʊvəˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən) /
psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
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Medicine definitions for over-compensation
[ ō′vər-kŏm′pən-sā′shən ]
Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort beyond what is needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect.
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