compromising


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com·pro·mise

 (kŏm′prə-mīz′)
n.
1.
a. A settlement of differences in which each side makes concessions.
b. The result of such a settlement.
2. Something that combines qualities or elements of different things: The incongruous design is a compromise between high tech and early American.
3. A weakening or reduction of one's principles or standards: a compromise of morality.
4. Impairment, as by disease or injury: physiological compromise.
v. com·pro·mised, com·pro·mis·ing, com·pro·mis·es
v.intr.
1. To arrive at a settlement by making concessions.
2. To reduce the quality, value, or degree of something, such as one's ideals.
v.tr.
1.
a. To expose or make liable to danger, suspicion, or disrepute: a secret mission that was compromised and had to be abandoned.
b. To reduce in quality, value, or degree; weaken or lower: Don't compromise your standards.
2. To impair, as by disease or injury: an immune system that was compromised by a virus.
3. To settle by mutual concessions: a dispute that was compromised.

[Middle English compromis, from Old French, from Latin comprōmissum, mutual promise, from neuter past participle of comprōmittere, to promise mutually : com-, com- + prōmittere, to promise; see promise.]

com′pro·mis′er n.

compromising

(ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ)
adj
damaging to a person's reputation
ˈcomproˌmisingly adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.compromising - making or willing to make concessions; "loneliness tore through him...whenever he thought of...even the compromising Louis du Tillet"
uncompromising, inflexible, sturdy - not making concessions; "took an uncompromising stance in the peace talks"; "uncompromising honesty"
2.compromising - vulnerable to danger especially of discredit or suspicion; "she found herself in a compromising situation"
vulnerable - susceptible to attack; "a vulnerable bridge"
Translations

compromising

[ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ] ADJ [situation] → comprometedor; [mind, spirit] → acomodaticio

compromising

[ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ] adj [picture, information, situation] → compromettant(e)

compromising

compromising

[ˈkɒmprəmaɪzɪŋ] adjcompromettente
References in classic literature ?
I knew at this hour, I think, as well as I knew later, what I was capable of meeting to shelter my pupils; but it took me some time to be wholly sure of what my honest ally was prepared for to keep terms with so compromising a contract.
I will tell you as much of the history of the wanderer you have harboured, as I can tell without compromising my own peace of mind--my own security, moral and physical, and that of others.
The process is absolutely necessary, to prevent her compromising us with the servant.
The Lord above knows what the compromising consequences would be to numbers of people, if some of our documents were seized or destroyed; and they might be, at any time, you know, for who can say that Paris is not set afire to-day, or sacked to-morrow
Finally he gave a faint single rap, and Pepper - such was the compromising name of the avenging boy - announced "Mr.
The Prior at length recollected himself sufficiently to be aware that he was compromising his dignity, by squabbling with such a hedge-priest as the Outlaw's chaplain, and being joined by his attendants, rode off with considerably less pomp, and in a much more apostolical condition, so far as worldly matters were concerned, than he had exhibited before this rencounter.
Could I retract my word, and take upon myself the responsibility of compromising the future of my companions?
Now, should any letters or other documents of a compromising character be found upon him, will it not be taken for granted that all who uphold him are his accomplices?
then tell me who you are, and get along with you upon your journey," replied the duchess, with the gayety which made her so charming, "for I am sufficiently in bad odor already, without compromising myself still more.
For if a country beauty in clumsy shoes be only shallow-hearted enough, it is astonishing how closely her mental processes may resemble those of a lady in society and crinoline, who applies her refined intellect to the problem of committing indiscretions without compromising herself.
But come, my lord cardinal, you who are so profound a genius, try if you cannot find means to assist this poor king, without compromising ourselves.