Since literature reflects life, we can expect to find similar instances in which a person's ethics are compromised, and he falls prey to the pernicious evil that he had publicly denounced.
1. instance (n.) an example of something happening
Example: I have not found a single instance where someone was actually denied their right to vote.
for instance for example
Example: You may have questions which you wish to raise. For instance, who will oversee your work and how will feedback to given? 你們可能有問題想問,比如說,誰來監督你們的工作以及如何傳達反饋意見？
2. compromise (v.) to solve a problem or end an argument by accepting that you cannot have everything that you want
Example: We simply cannot compromise on the question of human rights.
(v.) to risk harming or losing something important
Example: We cannot compromise the safety of our workers.
(v.) to behave in a way that is not honest by not doing the things that you previously believed in or tried to achieve
Example: Traditional supporters are accusing the party of compromising its principles.
compromise yourself/ your position to do something to make people think they cannot trust you
(n.) a way of solving a problem or ending argument in which both people or groups accept that they cannot have everything they want
Example: This deal is the ideal compromise between your needs and their demands.
Example: a compromise solution/ agreement/ settlement
reach/ arrive at/ come to a compromise
Example: Both sides have agreed to meet, in the hope of reaching a compromise.
make a compromise
Example: Neither of them is willing to make a compromise.
3. prey (n.) an animal that is caught by another animal and eaten
Example: Spiders usually catch animal and their prey by building webs.
(n.) someone that a criminal or dishonest person attacks, cheats, or harms: victim
Example: Homeless children were easy prey for drug dealers and pimps in the capital.
fall/ be/ become prey to to be attacked, cheated, or harmed by someone bad
Example: The refugees fell prey to criminal gangs.
4. denounce (v.) to criticize someone or something severely in public
Example: American trade policies have been denounced by some European government.
denounce sb/ sth as
Example: Some groups have denounced Bush's decision as ill-judged.
(v.) to tell an authority such as the police that a particular person is responsible for a crime
denounce sb to sb
Example: It was his own brother who denounced him to the secret police.
As fate would have it, Vernon's own son smashed into several cars, injuring four people seriously, and then failed a sobriety test.
5. smash into ( phrasal vb ) to hit something very hard while moving fast, causing injury or damage
Example: His car smashed into a tree.