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Definition of "overcompensation" []

  • Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort in excess of that needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect. (noun)
  • An attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite (noun)

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Use "overcompensation" in a sentence
  • "SECOND OPINION: Hameed Gul: strategic 'overcompensation' - Khaled Ahmed's TV Review Tuesday,"
  • "Cheney's promotion of torture -- and his rabid public defense of it since leaving office -- seem to me like a continuation of the post-9/11 "overcompensation" Prof. Record writes about."
  • "The aftermath, he now admits, was "overcompensation," as he began dating posses of women, including one named Brandy and a pair of twins named Sandy and Mandy."