from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To engage in overcompensation.
- transitive v. To pay (someone) too much; compensate excessively.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To do an excessive amount in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area.
- v. To provide excessive pay or reward for work performed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. to make excessive corrections for fear of making an error.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities
- v. make excessive corrections for fear of making an error
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In the process, it's easy to overcompensate, which is what unnerves me about the niche response to "The Social Network" among people old enough to be Zuckerberg's parents.
It is not uncommon for relatives who live at a distance to try to overcompensate for their absence and perhaps guilty feelings by playing the hero or making a larger than life impact on the situation.
These variations can confuse the oxygen sensors in a car, which can make the fuel injection overcompensate and produce more pollution or even rough-running.
Sometimes (not all the time, of course), when vegetarians or vegans abandon their dietary ethics and return to the omnivorous fold, so to speak, they overcompensate.
Either they will overcompensate already overcompensated executives, or create new jobs.
The greatest, most obvious mistake that American administrations make is to overcompensate for the flaws of the previous one.
Some of us give ourselves up completely and become the mask, while others overcompensate and turn every dustup into the Montgomery bus boycott.
The body tends to overcompensate in favor of the healthy cells, so as long as the ratio of stress is lower than the amount of good cell byproducts, the strong, healthy cells become more plentiful and stick around in the body, defending you against all kinds of other menacing evils that develop with age.
Or will they overcompensate and depict them as Hutu warriors?
Worthwhile antiques, much like worthwhile people, exude an aura of truth and don't need to overcompensate.
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