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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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But the fraud threat continues, from petty crimes to large-scale compromises, making a battle plan for the next compromise essential for credit unions.
A detailed report of all actionable compromises is provided for quick remediation.
2 of the Internal Revenue Manual (IRM) points out that such compromises will be rare, because it would undermine Congress's will if the IRS found that particular tax statutes were unfair.
citizens overall declared that "Even elected officials who are deeply religious sometimes have to make compromises and set their convictions aside to get results while in government.
The poll, conducted by the non-partisan research group Public Agenda, found 63 percent of weekly church-goers agreeing with the statement that "Even elected officials who are deeply religious sometimes have to make compromises and set their convictions aside to get results in government.
In response to a Senate report accompanying the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004, GAO assessed DSS's oversight and examined DSS's actions after possible compromises of classified information.
Unable to persuade his wife that they have to cut down on their expenses, he compromises his strength of character and loses his self-esteem (Perlis 147).
Although many investigators have reported oral sensory compromises following surgery, none has reported any postoperative compromise in speaking ability.
Such conflict compromises productivity, saps the energy of participants and affected parties, reduces the joy in work, and contributes to the consumption of antacids.
Had the various compromises required to build the coalition undercut the law's social benefit?
Some compromises have been made just to try and get something in return.
10G LAN is already a widely used interface for Ethernet and IP equipment, and our solution uniquely provides full QoS support without any compromises for both Ethernet and DWDM/OTN," said Eyal Shaked, Executive Vice President and General Manager of ECI Telecom's Optical Networks Division.
Antonovich, said Thursday that the supervisor is very concerned about any potential compromises of evidence in homicide cases.
How the compromises made by the delegates at the Constitutional Convention helped to shape the final document.
7122 authorizes the IRS to accept compromises to fully settle tax debts.