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overcompensate

[ oh-ver-kom-puhn-seyt ]
/ 藢o蕣 v蓹r藞k蓲m p蓹n藢se瑟t /
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to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
verb (used without object), o路ver路com路pen路sat路ed, o路ver路com路pen路sat路ing.
to exhibit psychological overcompensation; strive to overcome a sense of inferiority through overt, opposite behavior: The aggressive patient may be overcompensating, and be a profoundly shy person beneath the fa莽ade.
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Origin of overcompensate

1760鈥70; over- + compensate; as term in psychology, perhaps back formation from overcompensation
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British Dictionary definitions for overcompensate

overcompensate
/ (藢蓹蕣v蓹藞k蓲mp蓻n藢se瑟t) /

verb
to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
(intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation

Derived forms of overcompensate

overcompensatory, adjective
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