overcompensated


overcompensated

verb (used with object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.

  1. to compensate or reward excessively; overpay: Some stockholders feel the executives are being overcompensated and that bonuses should be reduced.

verb (used without object), o·ver·com·pen·sat·ed, o·ver·com·pen·sat·ing.

  1. to exhibit psychological overcompensation; strive to overcome a sense of inferiority through overt, opposite behavior: The aggressive patient may be overcompensating, and be a profoundly shy person beneath the façade.

verb

  1. to compensate (a person or thing) excessively
  2. (intr) psychol to engage in overcompensation

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