[oh-ver-kom-puh n-sey-shuh n]
- 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
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Examples from the Web for overcompensation
Perhaps it was some misguided means of overcompensation, an unconscious need to exert control over our situation.The Extinction Parade: An Original Zombie Story by Max Brooks
January 14, 2011
You not only have to judge time, but magnitude; overcompensation is ruinous, too.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
- psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite
- 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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