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Daemon
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 12:00:00 AM
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Compromise, n.: Such an adjustment of conflicting interests as gives each adversary the satisfaction of thinking he has got what he ought not to have, and is deprived of nothing except what was justly his due.

Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)
pedro
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 7:51:08 AM
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Can't help thinking it's not up to your usual standard Ambrose.
jcbarros
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 9:20:47 AM

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One has his ups and downs. ;/
MTC
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 6:11:11 PM
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I would rewrite Bierce's definition as follows: "Compromise, n.: an entirely unsatisfactory exchange in which each person believes he has given up more than he should, but received less."
Desiree
Posted: Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:54:12 PM
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Definition: Compromise. N. 1.- A middle way between two extremes
2.- An accomodation in which both sides makes concessions
TFD.
This word comes from promise,so I thought,it might means To fulfil a promise or a vow.
Strange meaning :Make concessions.
Romany
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 12:33:03 AM
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Desiree - yes, I can see how it might seem a puzzling meaning.

But I think you'll find that the word actually comes through Old French from the Latin "compromissum" which doesn't actually mean a promise but an agreement between two people to accept the decision of a third party/arbiter. In such a situation it would be understood by both parties, I expect, that niether would get EXACTLY what they wanted.
HWNN1961
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 9:20:45 AM
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Compromise is how a society of diverse viewpoints manages itself. The alternative being conflict up to and including Civil War.
Desiree
Posted: Friday, May 25, 2012 11:22:47 PM
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Thanks,Romany for your reply.- So, "THe compromise ring" given before "The wedding ring"
means a journey of mutual concessions. It is right!Think
Romany
Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:06:25 AM
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Glad I could help, Desiree.

But I hope this hasn't soured your thinking! (engagement ring = compromise ring! LOL)
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Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:52:58 AM
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Compromise: Coming to an agreement. Sometimes a noble or humble act, at other times a necessity and often a fudge.

It can be a winning position if the bar was deliberately set high in the first instance. Certainly not always a bad thing.
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