) KEY NOUN:
- A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
- The result of such a settlement.
- Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.
- A concession to something detrimental or pejorative: a compromise of morality.
, com·pro·mis·es VERB: tr.
- To settle by concessions.
- To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: an embassy that was compromised by hidden listening devices.
- Obsolete To pledge mutually.
- To make a compromise.
Middle English compromis
, from Old French, from Latin comprmissum
, mutual promise
, from neuter past participle of comprmittere
, to promise mutually
, to promise
; see promiseOTHER FORMS:compro·miser(Noun)