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overcompensation

[ oh-ver-kom-puhn-sey-shuhn ]
/ ˈoʊ vərˌkɒm pənˈseɪ ʃən /
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noun Psychoanalysis.

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

1915–20; over- + compensation; as psychoanalytic term, translation of Überkompensation, coined by Alfred Adler

OTHER WORDS FROM overcompensation

o·ver·com·pen·sa·to·ry [oh-ver-kuhm-pen-suh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈoʊ vər kəmˈpɛn səˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for overcompensation

overcompensation
/ (ˌəʊvəˌkɒmpɛnˈseɪʃən) /

noun

psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
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Medical definitions for overcompensation

overcompensation
[ ō′vər-kŏm′pən-sāshən ]

n.

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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