overcompensation

Definitions of overcompensation
  1. noun
    excessive compensation
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    compensation
    something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
  2. noun
    (psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite
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    type of:
    compensation
    (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors
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