overcompensate

[ oh-ver-kom-puhn-seyt ]
/ ˌoʊ vərˈkɒm pənˌseɪt /

verb (used with object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.

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·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·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 façade.

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Origin of overcompensate

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

overcompensate
/ (ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpɛnˌseɪt) /

verb

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

Derived forms of overcompensate

overcompensatory, adjective
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