Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


Mortimer compromised by admitting that he had probably forgotten it.

"Oh, if you're willing to shoulder the blame," compromised Chip, much relieved.

The Irishman was sent for, and I compromised with him on the spot.

She compromised for an annuity of two hundred pounds, to be continued to her child.

The Toussaints didn't want to be compromised in any such business.

The affair was hushed up, as three prelates were also compromised in it!

Rose pouted as if her womanly character had been compromised.

All his life he had dealt truthfully with the world, had not lied, or evaded, or compromised.

Therefore he compromised by voicing the respect and looking the other way.

So he compromised and replied that it "seemed to be all right."


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.).