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Meaning of overcompensation

o•ver•com•pen•sa•tion

Pronunciation: (ō'vur-kom"pun-sā'shun), [key]
— n. Psychoanal.
  1. a pronounced striving to neutralize and conceal a strong but unacceptable character trait by substituting for it an opposite trait.
  2. compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree: The pay was overcompensation for the work done.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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