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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

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
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Finally, there is a third group who are the collaborators and compromisers.
One student reflected on collaboration saying, "I had to balance being an accommodator, compromiser, and collaborator.
The ferociously terse, lucid, and precise portrayal of the hero-historian verges on the blasphemous: he is a true cynic, an unprincipled, gutless compromiser, a cold manipulator, a ruthless womanizer who exploits every opportunity to his benefit.
Drawing on established negotiation and conflict management theory, he identifies the five personal styles: (1) the avoider, (2) the compromiser, (3) the accommodator, (4) the competitor, and (5) the problem solver.
To think otherwise may turn you into an unconscionable compromiser, waffling when you should have held your ground.
They thought nothing of him at Columbia University, you know, because he was such an eternal compromiser.
Tasso is, in Looney's view, the "ultimate compromiser," consistently "blending sources" in his epic poem, be they biblical, classical or vernacular.
I knew the document would stir up a lot of trouble, I just hadn't expected so much of it to come my way," says Abu Sharif, who was abused by fellow PLO members as "a turn-coat, a Quisling, a compromiser and an Israeli stooge.
Specialty coffee was not then, and is not now a game for the weak of spirit, for the compromiser, and the apologist.
The successful compromiser should be capable of applying the creative skill of seeing a situation from another's (or perhaps several others') point of view.
Despite losing three races for the Presidency, his ability to work productively with opponents earned him the title "The Great Compromiser.
The most important Kentuckian since Henry Clay, McConnell knows how his hero Clay, who was called ''the great compromiser,'' failed to engineer Senate passage of a comprehensive compromise in 1850.
Stahl is an opportunist who sees the congressional threat to end payments in lieu of taxes as a divisive issue that enables him to promote himself as the great compromiser in order to win the election.
For FA chairman David Bernstein, a born compromiser who believes that conflict is always the last resort, today's meeting at Wembley will be all about trying to find a way forward.
Romney would cast himself as a compromiser, while Bachmann -- as seen in her (http://www.