[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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Related Words for overcompensationsalvo, satisfaction, redress, wages, restitution, recovery, pay, tip, amends, cue, reparation, gravy, return, indemnification, atonement, requital, payment, redemption, quittance, compensation
Examples from the Web for overcompensation
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of overcompensation
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
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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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