Definition of middle way in US English:

middle way


  • 1A policy or course of action which avoids extremes.

    ‘there is no middle way between central planning and capitalism’
    • ‘We have tried to get a middle way - a balanced course - and we have obviously come down for bringing in 4 weeks annual leave in 2007.’
    • ‘Almost all of my working day has been spent on the thankless task of finding a middle way through the traps that catch me every time I undertake a major make-over on the journal website.’
    • ‘Some ministers with more subtlety might have gilded the lily a little - arguing for balance or the middle way.’
    • ‘The great question for Latin America in the coming years is whether, indeed, it can find a middle way without succumbing to the backdraft of corruption and protectionism.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, I believe that there is a middle way forward.’
    • ‘Not for him the middle way or the ‘triangulation’ of policies between conflicting views of right and wrong.’
    • ‘His slogans and programs appeared to offer a middle way between the extremes of communism and a discredited liberal capitalism.’
    • ‘There is surely a middle way between rejecting everything that is ‘foreign’ and regarding Western civilization as little better than a criminal conspiracy.’
    • ‘In the Antigonish Movement, the tradition situates consumer co-operatives as enterprise models that, practically and ethically, represent a middle way between the two extremes.’
    • ‘Clearly privileging the former term in each of these pairings, Hallen can only suggest the possibility of a middle way, but he cannot take us there.’
    • ‘So, in conclusion, a middle way is available between freezing out development and letting valued character be destroyed by yet another neo-Georgian-Tuscan-Federation box.’
    • ‘And the liberals of the nineteenth century were saying exactly the same thing: that society really needed to find a middle way between the greed of unbridled capitalism and the conformity that came out of a kind of trade union movement.’
    • ‘I want politicians who are able to compromise, admit they may be wrong and negotiate a middle way.’
    • ‘I tried very hard to find a middle way though, but I could not get it.’
    • ‘Goldberg set out to make a middle way between these polarized extremes.’
    • ‘Does that sounds like people looking for a middle way?’
    • ‘It's good to see the clubs are trying to find a middle way that will ensure a compromise that is in the greater good of Scottish rugby.’
    • ‘Could it be that she's frustrated by her own efforts at finding a middle way?’
    • ‘A supporter of modernism at the beginning of the 1930s, by the middle of the decade he began to have doubts, writing in praise of architecture that offered a middle way between extremes of modernism and traditionalism.’
    • ‘We should take the middle way to make everybody happy.’
    middle course, middle ground, middle, mean, median, mid point, central point, centre, average, norm, standard
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  • 2The eightfold path of Buddhism between indulgence and asceticism.

    • ‘The absence of contradiction between these two is the principle of the Middle Way - that mind is beyond conflict between existence and nonexistence.’
    • ‘Jane Browne is a long-time Buddhist practitioner, subscriber to the Middle Way since the early 1950s, and continual supporter of the English Sangha.’
    • ‘When you begin to really understand the dharma, it penetrates you, especially the higher understandings of the Middle Way and the nature of mind.’
    • ‘Characteristic of the Middle Way is a balanced life, one that cultivates wisdom and compassion.’
    • ‘It is at this point in his life that he embraced the second extreme by reference to which the Middle Way came into focus.’
    • ‘I've just adopted several of their ways, like the belief in the Middle Way and Nirvana.’
    • ‘He also travelled to Sakya where he studied monastic discipline, phenomenology, valid cognition, the Middle Way and Guhyasamaja with lamas such as Kazhipa Losel and Rendawa.’
    • ‘Buddhism began around 500 BC when Siddhartha Gautama, an Indian prince, later called Buddha, sought a middle way that rejected both the harsh life and poverty of Hindu holy men and luxury of the rich.’
    • ‘His Holiness the Dalai Lama takes us step by step through the famed logic of Madhyamika, the Middle Way that defeats all extreme views of reality.’
    • ‘After many years of searching, Siddhartha adopted the Middle Way, a place between the excesses of luxury and a life of poverty.’