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compromise (with) (one's) principles

To forsake, ignore, or otherwise go against one's fundamental beliefs or virtues. I never thought he would compromise his principles just to get ahead in business like that. Jane felt really guilty about compromising with her principles when she didn't turn her friends into the police after she saw them stealing.

compromise on (something)

To reach an agreement in which both sides make concessions. Living in this seedy neighborhood is not something I'm willing to compromise on. We couldn't agree on what to have for dinner, so we compromised on tacos tonight and Italian tomorrow.
See also: compromise, on

reach a compromise

To achieve an agreement that includes benefits and concessions for both parties. After nearly three days of negotiations, we finally reached a compromise and began moving forward with the merger. You've got to learn to reach compromises if you want your marriage to succeed.
See also: compromise, reach

compromise on someone or something (with someone)

 and compromise (on someone or something) with someone
to reach agreement with someone on a disputed matter concerning someone or something; to make concessions to someone on some point concerning someone or something. I intend to compromise on this matter with them. Are you going to compromise with me on this issue?
See also: compromise, on

reach a compromise

to achieve a compromise; to negotiate an agreement. After many hours of discussion, we finally reached a compromise. We were unable to reach a compromise and quit trying.
See also: compromise, reach
References in classic literature ?
He well understood that under the Restoration, a period of continual compromises between men, between things, between accomplished facts and other facts looking on the horizon, it was all-important for the ruling powers to have a household drudge.
Erol Rizaov in Nezavisen vesnik comments that Aleksandar Vucic's readiness for compromise with Kosovo has a very instructive point for Macedonia, for the Prime Minister Zoran Zaev and the opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski.
PESHAWAR -- After two of his clients on death row were executed last month, a lawyer has gone to the court complaining that after the black warrants were issued, insufficient time was afforded to reach a compromise with the family of his client's victims.
MANILA, Philippines The compromise deal submitted by Marcos loyalist Oliver Lozano is "not even a proposal" because it was not sanctioned by the former first family, Malacaaang said yesterday.
One has to start out with what is right rather than what is acceptable (let alone who is right) precisely because one always has to compromise in the end.
The Presidential Commission on Good Government (PCGG), under the law and existing jurisprudence, is authorized to enter into compromise agreements, according to Senate Minority Leader Franklin M.
President Rodrigo Duterte says he is open to compromise settlements of large tax evasion cases instead of fighting lengthy court battles because the country urgently needs money to build hospitals in far-flung areas.
Compromise is a dirty word, maybe even a sin, in the eyes of some Christians.
Less obvious to many, and more to the point of Hoyer's remarks, is what Rand said about compromise, and why she was right about it.
Hence the 1978 Spanish Constitution was the result of a compromise between very different political outlooks.
The Offer in Compromise Program allows taxpayers who do not have, and will not have in the foreseeable future, the money, assets or means to pay their tax liability in full to offer a lesser amount for complete satisfaction of a nondisputed final tax liability.
A seminar titled "Role of Compromise and Reconciliation Committees in the Society," was held at the College of Technology in the Wilayat of Shinas today under the auspices of Sayyid Hilal bin Hamoud al Busaidi, Wali of Shinas.
The Missouri Compromise and Its Aftermath: Slavery and the Meaning of America by Robert Pierce Forbes
Avishai Margalit; ON COMPROMISE AND ROTTEN COMPROMISES; Princeton University Press (Political Science) $26.
For credit unions, the breach reinforced the critical nature of a compromise mitigation plan.