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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
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Considering that the compromiser should be blamed for that would be paternalistic.
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While these two options might sound similar, a compromiser is a bit more eager to wrap up the negotiation and more prone to giving up things that might not need to be conceded, while a problem solver focuses more on finding a route toward both parties getting what they want.
Compromisers openly share ideas, but they can be quick to blend their ideas with others, even if it is not the best idea.
We in the rights community desperately want a different President, but we don't want it bad enough to get excited about a wishy-washy, unprincipled compromiser.
Unmoved by this criticism, Benzion scorned Begin in a conversation with me as a weakling, a compromiser.
Cromwell is the great compromiser who seeks to defend king, country, church and family by whatever means, however unscrupulous.
An accommodator will have a high focus on the relationship and a low focus on the issue; a compromiser, a midlevel focus on the relationship and a mid-level focus on the issue; and a collaborator, a high focus on both the issue and relationship.
He is not a paragon of honnetete, but a compromiser who believes in social lies and a certain degree of insincerity.
You will become a beggar and a compromiser, a person who will trade favors with your partner that involve transportation duties instead of carnal pleasures.
I really like the pin brightness of Vital Hunting Gear's Compromiser and Star Track models.
Paredes, who represented the PRI in the 2006 Mexico City mayoral election (see SourceMex, 2006-07-12), campaigned as a compromiser who could bring the party together while Jackson cast himself as a candidate who could bring new energy to the party.
Beebe had a reputation in the Senate as a compromiser.
One of Armey's Axioms is that political ambition is a great compromiser.
Half a dozen years or so after 1956, Kadar was to reject the notion of the State as 'total guide and conceiver', deciding it should be adjudicator and compromiser rather than enforcer in policymaking.