• A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California
    A woman hates to give in awful, so I suggested a compromise on California
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v compromise settle by concession
    • v compromise make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; we all must compromise" "nobody will get everything he wants"
    • v compromise expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"
    • n compromise a middle way between two extremes
    • n compromise an accommodation in which both sides make concessions "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Compromise A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a compromise of character or right. "I was determined not to accept any fine speeches, to the compromise of that sex the belonging to which was, after all, my strongest claim and title to them."
    • Compromise A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.
    • Compromise A settlement by arbitration or by mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an agreement. "But basely yielded upon compromise That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.""All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.""An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions."
    • Compromise To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound. "The controversy may easily be compromised ."
    • Compromise To agree; to accord.
    • Compromise To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. "Laban and himself were compromised That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied
      Should fall as Jacob's hire."
    • Compromise To make concession for conciliation and peace.
    • Compromise To pledge by some act or declaration; to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can not be recalled; to expose to suspicion. "To pardon all who had been compromised in the late disturbances."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n compromise In civil law, a mutual promise or contract of two parties in controversy to refer their differences to the decision of arbitrators.
    • n compromise A settlement of differences by mutual concessions; an agreement or compact adopted as the means of superseding an undetermined controversy; a bargain or arrangement involving mutual concessions; figuratively, a combination of two rival systems, principles, etc., in which a part of each is sacrificed to make the combination possible.
    • n compromise That which results from, or is founded on, such an agreement or settlement, as a specific arrangement, a course of conduct, or an institution; a medium between two rival courses, plans, etc.: as, his conduct was a compromise between his pride and his poverty.
    • n compromise A thing partaking of and blending the qualities, forms, or uses of two other and different things: as, a mule is a compromise between a horse and an ass; a sofa is a compromise between a chair and a bed.
    • compromise To adjust or compound by a compromise; settle or reconcile by mutual concessions.
    • compromise To bind by bargain or agreement; mutually pledge.
    • compromise To expose to risk or hazard, or to serious consequences, as of suspicion or scandal, by some act or declaration; prejudice; endanger the reputation or the interests of: often used reflexively: as, he compromised himself by his rash statements.
    • compromise To make a compromise; agree by concession; come to terms.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Compromise kom′prō-mīz a settlement of differences by mutual concession, adjustment of one's theories or principles
    • v.t Compromise to settle by mutual agreement and concession: to pledge: to involve or bring into question—to expose one's self to risk of danger or misunderstanding
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  • Arthur Bloch
    Arthur Bloch
    “The compromise will always be more expensive than either of the suggestions it is compromising.”
  • Bliss Carman
    Bliss Carman
    “What are facts but compromises? A fact merely marks the point where we have agreed to let investigation cease.”
  • Tryon Edwards
    “Compromise is but the sacrifice of one right or good in the hope of retaining another -- too often ending in the loss of both.”
  • Gunther Grass
    Gunther Grass
    “Art is uncompromising and life is full of compromises.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    “It is the weak man who urges compromise -- never the strong man.”
  • Charles Swindoll
    Charles Swindoll
    “The swift wind of compromise is a lot more devastating than the sudden jolt of misfortune.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. compromis, fr. L. compromissum, a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr. compromittere, to make such a promise; com-, + promittere, to promise. See Promise


In literature:

The usual Battle as to which should pick up the Check and the same old Compromise.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
Whether Mr. Gallatin was aware of any such compromise is uncertain.
"Albert Gallatin" by John Austin Stevens
The party of no compromise was strongest in Berlin and the towns of east Prussia.
"The Governments of Europe" by Frederic Austin Ogg
The famous compromise law of 1833 was the result.
"Expansion and Conflict" by William E. Dodd
In the Hebrew community the man of independent resources did not compromise his freedom by becoming indebted to another.
"Usury" by Calvin Elliott
But now there is too much Keel Surface above, and the whole thing's a Bad Compromise, not at all like Our Efficiency.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
In each of these matters Wilson could secure nothing better than a compromise.
"Woodrow Wilson and the World War" by Charles Seymour
A compromise had been effected which relieved somewhat the tension that existed over the matter of representation.
"The Journal of Negro History, Volume 6, 1921" by Various
I've had the night to think it over, and I shall effect a compromise.
"VC -- A Chronicle of Castle Barfield and of the Crimea" by David Christie Murray
The Hebraic culture was a compromise.
"The Menorah Journal, Volume 1, 1915" by Various

In poetry:

With "forms" he scorns to compromise;
For him no "rule" has terrors;
The "slips" he makes he can "revise"--
They are but "printers' errors."
"The Happy Printer" by Henry Austin Dobson
Not she, when struggling manhood tries
For freedom, air, a hopefuller fate,
Points out the planet, Compromise,
And shakes a mild reproving pate:
"Lines To A Friend Visiting America" by George Meredith
The Shield sent to the son of Peleus glowed
With hammered wonders, all without a flaw;
The Shield of Union in its splendor showed
The Compromise of Law.
"Arms And The Man - Heroes And Statesmen" by James Barron Hope
It was then that the brilliant thought struck me,
That by compromise I could contrive
To hurt neither teacher nor Jimmie,
And that’s how I came to say "five."
"Why I Went To The Foot" by Ellis Parker Butler
Ah, I could win him with authorities,
If suing thus in such a sober court;
Could read him many an ancient rhym'd report
Of such sad cases, tears would fill his eyes
And he confess a judgment, or resort
To some well-pleasing terms of compromise!
"Sonnet I" by John Charles McNeill
I used to rail against my compromises.
I yearned for the wild music, the swift race.
But happiness arrived in new disguises:
Sun lighting a child's hair. A friend's embrace.
Slow dancing in a safe and quiet place.
The pleasures of an ordinary life.
"The Pleasures of Ordinary Life" by Judith Viorst

In news:

The famous, landmark Longshan Temple says cheaper, dirtier incense is compromising air quality for visitors to the site.
John Kitzhaber stops executions in Oregon, calls system 'compromised and inequitable '.
It doesn't take a major crack in a building's envelope to compromise energy performance from air leaks or incur structural problems from water seepage.
Each step change provides a technical challenge of scaling down interconnects without compromise to performance of the system.
Karen Salmansohn talks about the differences between good and bad compromises in relationships.
It would compromise Judeo-Christian values.
Obama compromises America's ' Judeo-Christian values'.
Rep Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) said the White House and the Democratic leadership in the House of Representatives have been pressuring him not to speak out on the "compromise" abortion language in the Senate version of the health care bill.
The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq is expected to unveil a plan in May that it hopes will lead to a compromise over contentious land issues in oil-rich northern Iraq.
The current special election ploy to force a compromise has backfired precisely because of Schwarzenegger's waning popularity—his support for props 1-A through 1-E was ultimately the kiss of death .
Supervisor candidate Kittle offers 'fresh approach,' no compromise.
Billionaire Warren Buffett is again calling for higher taxes on the "ultrarich" and he's urging Congress to compromise on spending cuts and tax increases.
Amid an ailing economy, labor union s find themselves struggling to compromise with employers on wages and benefits.
And while Second District Congressman Charlie Bass lost his seat, the pressure's on for the lame-duck Congress to find a compromise.
Opting for a luxury hotel stay means never having to compromise on comfort and convenience.

In science:

The steep spectra of pulsars require a compromise in the choice of the search frequency to be used.
The Effelsberg Search for Pulsars in the Galactic Centre
We observe that key material can be simply transmitted without compromising security.
A simple unbreakable code
In addition, image deconvolution techniques developed to reconstruct the 30 Doradus images showed that most of the compromised resolution could be restored for bright ob jects.
The Formation of Star Clusters
The final choice of the radiator has to be a compromise between TR yield, total thickness of material and, given the large size and the difficult collider geometry of the ALICE TRD, mechanical considerations.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
Without compromising the spatial discretization used in the numerical calculation (∆x1 = 0.164λ) needed in order to resolve the oscillations of the incident field, only a few grooves s(x1 ) could be included for each realization in the sum (4) defining the surface.
Design of one-dimensional Lambertian diffusers of light