What is the difference between hypercorrect and correct?

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Hypercorrect is a derived term of correct.


As adjectives the difference between hypercorrect and correct

is that hypercorrect is (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage while correct is free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.

As verbs the difference between hypercorrect and correct

is that hypercorrect is to change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage while correct is to make something that was not valid become right to remove error.

hypercorrect

English

(hypercorrection)

Alternative forms

* hyper-correct

Adjective

(en adjective)
  • (grammar) incorrect because of a mistaken idea of standard usage
  • The often exaggerated addition of /h/ before words like "out" in written Cockney is a hypercorrect affectation.

    Derived terms

    * hypercorrection, hyper-correction * hypercorrective, hyper-corrective * hypercorrectness, hyper-correctness

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To change (a word or phrase) to an incorrect form in the mistaken belief that it is standard usage.
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    correct

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Free from error; true; the state of having an affirmed truth.
  • With good manners; well behaved; conforming with accepted standards of behaviour.
  • Synonyms

    * (with good manners) well-mannered, well behaved

    Antonyms

    * (without error) incorrect, inaccurate * (with good manners) uncouth

    Derived terms

    * anatomically correct * correctly * hypercorrect * incorrect

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To make something that was not valid become right. To remove error.
  • He corrected the position of the book on the mantle.
  • (by extension) To grade (examination papers).
  • To inform (someone) of the latter's error.
  • It's rude to correct your parents.

    Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * correctable * correction * uncorrectable