com·pro·mise /ˈkɑmprəˌmaɪz/ 及物動詞
1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators. [Obs.]
2. 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. --Shak.
All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter. --Burke.
An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions. --Hallam.
3. 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. --Lamb.
Com·pro·mise, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Compromised p. pr. & vb. n. Compromising.]
1. To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [Obs.]
Laban and himself were compromised
That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied
Should fall as Jacob's hire. --Shak.
2. To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
The controversy may easily be compromised. --Fuller.
3. 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. --Motley.
Com·pro·mise, v. i.
1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.]
2. To make concession for conciliation and peace.
n 1: a middle way between two extremes [syn: via media]
2: an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the
newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because
they considered it `business as usual'"
v 1: make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get
everything he wants; we all must compromise"
2: settle by concession
3: expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute;
"The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the