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overcompensate

[oh-ver-kom-puh n-seyt] /ˌoʊ vərˈkɒm pənˌseɪt/
verb (used with object), overcompensated, overcompensating.
1.
to compensate or reward excessively; overpay:
Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.
verb (used without object), overcompensated, overcompensating.
2.
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.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; over- + compensate; as term in psychology, perhaps back formation from overcompensation
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British Dictionary definitions for over-compensate

overcompensate

/ˌəʊvəˈkɒmpɛnˌseɪt/
verb
1.
to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
2.
(intransitive) (psychol) to engage in overcompensation
Derived Forms
overcompensatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for over-compensate
v.

1758 (implied in over-compensated), from over- + compensate. Related: Over-compensating.

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