Compromise vs Brook - What's the difference?

compromise | brook |

As a noun compromise

is the settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.

As a verb compromise

is (ambitransitive) to bind by mutual agreement.

As a proper noun brook is

for someone living by a brook .



(en noun)
  • The settlement of differences by arbitration or by consent reached by mutual concessions.
  • * Shakespeare
  • But basely yielded upon compromise / That which his noble ancestors achieved with blows.
  • * Burke
  • All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.
  • * Hallam
  • An abhorrence of concession and compromise is a never failing characteristic of religious factions.
  • A committal to something derogatory or objectionable; a prejudicial concession; a surrender.
  • a compromise of character or right
  • * Lamb
  • 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.


  • (ambitransitive) To bind by mutual agreement.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Laban and himself were compromised / That all the eanlings which were streaked and pied / Should fall as Jacob's hire.
  • To adjust and settle by mutual concessions; to compound.
  • * Fuller
  • The controversy may easily be compromised .
  • To find a way between extremes.
  • 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.
  • * Motley
  • To pardon all who had been compromised in the late disturbances.
  • To cause impairment of.
  • To breach (a security system).
  • He tried to compromise the security in the computer by guessing the password.

    Derived terms

    * compromising (adjective )



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To use; enjoy; have the full employment of.
  • To earn; deserve.
  • (label) To bear; endure; support; put up with; tolerate (usually used in the negative, with an abstract noun as object ).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1922, author=(Ben Travers)
  • , chapter=6, title= A Cuckoo in the Nest , passage=But Sophia's mother was not the woman to brook defiance. After a few moments' vain remonstrance her husband complied. His manner and appearance were suggestive of a satiated sea-lion.}}
  • * 2005 , Nicholas Ostler, Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World , Harper:
  • Nevertheless, Garcilaso does claim that the Spaniards ‘who were unable to brook the length of the discourse, had left their places and fallen on the Indians’.
    Derived terms

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl), from (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A body of running water smaller than a river; a small stream.
  • *Bible, (w) viii. 7
  • *:The Lord thy God bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of water.
  • *(William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • *:empties itself, as doth an inland brook / into the main of waters
  • *
  • *:But then I had the [massive] flintlock by me for protection. ¶.
  • A water meadow.
  • Low, marshy ground.
  • Synonyms
    * beck * burn * coulee * creek * stream