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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 ?
There would then be no necessity for management or compromise, in relation to any other point -- no giving nor taking.
Therefore, those who make compromises say that it is difficult and painful because concessions are made, but always in the name of the higher interests.
Some compromises are about small things: You want to order out Italian; your husband or friend prefers Mexican.
Let us recall one of the American Constitution compromises.
Avishai Margalit; ON COMPROMISE AND ROTTEN COMPROMISES; Princeton University Press (Political Science) $26.
Compromises may be announced late on a Friday afternoon or a holiday, when some of the key people can be hard to reach and other staffers are forced to step up and take action.
After nearly four months of fierce debate and hard-won compromises, the members had a document to vote on.
For businesses analyzing which security investments should receive highest priority, an assessment shows the extent of existing compromises and points out other security holes.
Under the third ground, compromises are allowed to prevent economic hardship.
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.