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Pronunciation:  'kâmpru`mIz

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a middle way between two extremes
  2. [n]  an accommodation in which both sides make concessions; "the newly elected congressmen rejected a compromise because they considered it `business as usual'"
  3. [v]  settle by concession
  4. [v]  make a compromise; arrive at a compromise; "nobody will get everything he wants; we all must compromise"
  5. [v]  expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute; "The nuclear secrets of the state were compromised by the spy"

COMPROMISE is a 10 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: via media
 See Also: accommodation, agree, concord, concur, cooperation, determine, endanger, expose, give and take, hold, Missouri Compromise, peril, queer, scupper, settle, square off, square up



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Com"pro*mise\, n. [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}.]
    1. A mutual agreement to refer matters in dispute to the
       decision of arbitrators. [Obs.] --Burrill.
    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.
    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.
  2. \Com"pro*mise\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Compromised}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Compromising}.] [From {Compromise}, n.; cf.
    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.
  3. \Com"pro*mise\, v. i.
    1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.]
    2. To make concession for conciliation and peace.
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