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overcompensate

[oh-ver-kom-puh n-seyt]
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verb (used with object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.
  1. to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
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verb (used without object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.
  1. 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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overcompensate

verb
  1. to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
  2. (intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation
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Derived Formsovercompensatory, adjective
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