A single word is preferred, though a phrase echoing professionalism is fine too.

Edit: here is the context: 'Another video is linked, though instead of having the key line exposing Clinton’s lies and capricious character, denying her support NAFTA and calling the TPP ‘ the gold standard’ were both outright lies, yet neither the moderator nor the journalist decided to write about it. Zurcher swallows his pride and concedes the full point to Mr. Trump, ruefully and painfully.'

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    Can you give us an example sentence or two showing how you'd like to use this word? You'll get better answers that way.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 2, 2016 at 15:47

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Perhaps, the term acquiescing is a professional enough replacement of 'swallowing one's pride'.

Zurcher acquiesces and concedes the full point to Mr. Trump, ruefully and painfully.


acquiesce VERB

[NO OBJECT] Accept something reluctantly but without protest.

‘Curious but respectful, Cathena acquiesces to the request.’
‘Are they silently acquiescing to the policies of a government that is as mean as Scrooge?’


self-effacement: the act or fact of keeping oneself in the background, as in humility.

This will require patience and self-effacement from a man accustomed to dominating the economic-policy discussion.

A thesaurus has many more choices: self-effacement


As a devoted son, Fred felt honor-bound to speak out publicly in support of his father who had been pilloried by the nation's merciless tabloid press in the wake of the bank's financial collapse.

Honor-bound: bound by one's sense of honor or what is morally right; a showing of unusually merited respect. (M-W).

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    Someone who undertakes a distasteful task or other activity despite the shame of doing so may be motivated by a sense of honor, but any number of other motivations are possible. An obvious one is money.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 2, 2016 at 17:17
  • @DanBron Would you be so kind as to elucidate how money might motivate someone to feel honor-bound to do something. My poor addled brain can think only of venal behavior on the part of a person who, in this context, feels "honor-bound"[sic] to do something as quid pro quo for the receipt of a money-payment, etc. If that is the case then what is a positive motivational force becomes a negative one and undermines any sense of honor. Oct 3, 2016 at 4:25
  • OP describes someone who "swallows his pride"; nowhere does he use the term "honor bound" or anything approaching it. That idea, and term, was introduced by you, and my original comment was intended to express why I think "honor bound" is inapt or at least insufficient as a synonym for "swallowing one's pride" (which is what OP is asking for). I agree with you that venal motivations for honor-bound activities doesn't make sense, but that's irrelevant, because no one here is talking about honor-bound activities (except you). Money is absolutely a motivation to swallow one's pride.
    – Dan Bron
    Oct 3, 2016 at 6:56

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