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hyper- +‎ defensive


hyperdefensive (comparative more hyperdefensive, superlative most hyperdefensive)

  1. Extremely defensive.
    • 2001, Zachary Abuza, Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam, page 81:
      But to a hyperdefensive party, the policies that Bach advocated were controversial and potentially dangerous and therefore were rejected outright.
    • 2012, Patricia Waugh, Feminine Fictions RLE, page 107:
      Alternatively, for the male characters there is the systematic, dogmatic 'masculine' detachment and denial of dependency of Mr Ramsay, or the intransigent, hyperdefensive shrillness of the unfortunate Charles Tansley []