verb (used with object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.

verb (used without object), com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing.

to make a compromise or compromises: The conflicting parties agreed to compromise.
to make a dishonorable or shameful concession: He is too honorable to compromise with his principles.

Origin of compromise

1400–50; late Middle English < Anglo-French compromisse, Middle French compromis < Latin comprōmissum. See com-, promise
Related formscom·pro·mis·er, nouncom·pro·mis·ing·ly, adverbcom·prom·is·sa·ry [kom-prom-uh-ser-ee] /kɒmˈprɒm əˌsɛr i/, adjectivenon·com·pro·mis·ing, adjectivepro·com·pro·mise, adjectivequa·si-com·pro·mis·ing, adjectivequa·si-com·pro·mis·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for compromiser

Historical Examples of compromiser

  • The dogmatist has called the great Emancipator a compromiser.

  • I am no compromiser, no treaty-maker, no haggler, no beggar.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

  • Peer is a compromiser at every station of his variegated career.


    James Huneker

  • He is not a compromiser, but a combatant, and his blows have been telling ones.

    The Old World and Its Ways

    William Jennings Bryan

  • I'm not naturally a trimmer and a compromiser--but, poor Honora!

    The Precipice

    Elia Wilkinson Peattie

British Dictionary definitions for compromiser



settlement of a dispute by concessions on both or all sides
the terms of such a settlement
something midway between two or more different things
an exposure of one's good name, reputation, etc, to injury


to settle (a dispute) by making concessions
(tr) to expose (a person or persons) to disrepute
(tr) to prejudice unfavourably; weakenhis behaviour compromised his chances
(tr) obsolete to pledge mutually
Derived Formscompromiser, nouncompromisingly, adverb

Word Origin for compromise

C15: from Old French compromis, from Latin comprōmissum mutual agreement to accept the decision of an arbiter, from comprōmittere, from prōmittere to promise
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Word Origin and History for compromiser



early 15c., "a joint promise to abide by an arbiter's decision," from Middle French compromis (13c.), from Latin compromissus, past participle of compromittere "to make a mutual promise" (to abide by the arbiter's decision), from com- "together" (see com-) + promittere (see promise). The main modern sense of "a coming to terms" is from extension to the settlement itself (late 15c.).



mid-15c., from compromise (n.). Related: Compromised; compromising.

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