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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort in excess of that needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect.

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  • n. An excess amount provided in one area in an effort to overcome a perceived lack in another area.
  • n. Excessive pay or reward provided for work performed.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. excessive compensation
  • n. (psychiatry) an attempt to overcome a real or imagined defect or unwanted trait by overly exaggerating its opposite


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  • 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.

    Sandy Goodman: Stop the Presses: Cheney's Re-emergence Is Finally Explained!

  • 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.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • But during the Frenzy, those floor teams were overbidding on some lower-tier free agents as a way of "overcompensation," as one agent put it.

    Yahoo! Sports - Top News

  • Then again, stereotypes concerning "overcompensation" were invented out of envy and are projected by those who are afraid to admit that they too would love to own such a machine.

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  • 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 Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • (The word "overcompensation" immediately comes to mind ...)

    The Sidney Crosby Show

  • *snort* Some kind of overcompensation for something, methinks?

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  • Also, don't sweat the interpersonal communication faux pas of over assertion (being the only woman in a roomful of men causes the occasional overcompensation).

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  • Terry Galloway's middle name should be overcompensation, because she not only became brilliant in the written and oral use of English, she went into theater.

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