From Middle French compromis, from Medieval Latin, Late Latin compromissum (“a compromise, originally a mutual promise to refer to arbitration”), prop. neuter of Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere (“to make a mutual promise to abide by the decision of an arbiter”), from com- (“together”) + promittere (“to promise”); see promise.
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- Rhymes: -aɪz
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɒmpɹəˌmaɪz/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɑmpɹəˌmaɪz/
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compromise (plural compromises)
- The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
- 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.
- A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
- 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.
- Noah Webster (1913), “compromise”, in Noah Porter, editor, Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam Company
- “compromise”, in The Century Dictionary, New York: The Century Co., 1911
- (transitive, intransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
- Laban and himself were compromised / That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied / Should fall as Jacob's hire.
- To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
- The controversy may easily be compromised.
- (intransitive) To find a way between extremes.
- 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.
- (transitive) To cause impairment of.
- (transitive) To breach (a security system).
- He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.
- compromising (adjective)
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