noun Psychoanalysis.

  1. a pronounced striving to neutralize and conceal a strong but unacceptable character trait by substituting for it an opposite trait.
  2. compensation to an unnecessary or unreasonable degree: The pay was overcompensation for the work done.


  1. psychol an attempt to make up for a character trait by overexaggerating its opposite

n.1917 in the psychological sense, translating German ├╝berkompensation, from over- + compensation. A term used by A. Alder to denote exaggerated striving for power in someone who has an inner sense of inferiority. n.

  1. Excessive compensation, especially the exertion of effort beyond what is needed to compensate for a physical or psychological characteristic or defect.

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