overcompensation [ oh-ver-kom-p uh n- sey-sh uh n] Word Origin See more synonyms for overcompensation on Thesaurus.com 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. Origin of overcompensation 1915–20; over-
; as psychoanalytic term, translation of
coined by Alfred Adler
Related forms o·ver·com·pen·sa·to·ry , [ oh-ver-k uh m- pen-s uh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈoʊ vər kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for over-compensation psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
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Word Origin and History for over-compensation n.
1917 in the psychological sense, translating German
überkompensation, from over- + compensation. A term used by A. Alder to denote exaggerated striving for power in someone who has an inner sense of inferiority.
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over-compensation in Medicine overcompensation (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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