Com"pro*mise (?), n. [F.
compromis, fr. L. compromissum a mutual promise to
abide by the decision of an arbiter, fr. compromittere to
make such a promise; com- + promittere to promise.
See Promise.] 1. A mutual agreement
to refer matters in dispute to the decision of arbitrators.
2. A settlement by arbitration or by
mutual consent reached by concession on both sides; a reciprocal
abatement of extreme demands or rights, resulting in an
But basely yielded upon compromise
That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
All government, indeed every human benefit and
enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on
compromise and barter.
An abhorrence of concession and compromise
is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
3. A committal to something derogatory or
objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender; as, a
compromise of character or right.
I was determined not to accept any fine speeches,
to the compromise of that sex the belonging to which was,
after all, my strongest claim and title to them.
Com"pro*mise, v. t. [imp. &
p. p. Compromised (?); p. pr. & vb.
n. Compromising.] [From Compromise,
n.; cf. Compromit.] 1.
To bind by mutual agreement; to agree. [Obs.]
Laban and himself were compromised
That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied
Should fall as Jacob's hire.
2. To adjust and settle by mutual
concessions; to compound.
The controversy may easily be
3. To pledge by some act or declaration;
to endanger the life, reputation, etc., of, by some act which can
not be recalled; to expose to suspicion.
To pardon all who had been compromised in
the late disturbances.
Com"pro*mise, v. i.
1. To agree; to accord. [Obs.]
2. To make concession for conciliation