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1: make up for shortcomings or a feeling of inferiority by exaggerating good qualities; "he is compensating for being a bad father" [syn: cover, compensate, overcompensate] 2: make excessive corrections for fear of making an error [syn: over-correct, overcompensate]
verb see overcompensation v. 1 tr. (usu. foll. by for) compensate excessively for (something). 2 intr. Psychol. strive for power etc. in an exaggerated way, esp. to make allowance or amends for a real or fancied grievance, defect, handicap, etc.
Derivatives: overcompensation n. overcompensatory adj.
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