come to terms with


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come to terms with something

to begin to accept and deal with something difficult or unpleasant She's never really come to terms with her son's death. It's very hard coming to terms with the fact that you'll never have children.
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come to terms with something

to start to accept and deal with a difficult situation She's never really come to terms with her son's death. It's very hard coming to terms with the fact that you'll never have children.
See be on good terms with
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come to terms with

1. To come to accept; become reconciled to: finally came to terms with his lack of talent.
2. To reach mutual agreement: The warring factions have at last come to terms.
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Watkins's realization that pretense and masking may backfire and merely reaffirm racist stereotypes--"for many of [the white students], the Screaming Niggers remained caricatures, confirmed members of an alien class who, however talented, encouraged and happily acceded to the role of amusing, one-dimensional exotics"--is deferred until the end of Dancing with Strangers, a remarkable memoir of the former New York Times Book Review editor's experiences as a boy struggling to navigate the labyrinth of race relations in the mid-twentieth-century American Midwest and later as a student at an elite eastern university attempting to come to terms with his identity as an African American.
How can I come to terms with good and evil in my nation's history?