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.
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.
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.
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.
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 word "overcompensation" immediately comes to mind ...)
*snort* Some kind of overcompensation for something, methinks?
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).
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.