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backslide

[bak-slahyd]
verb (used without object), backslid, backslid or backslidden, backsliding.
1.
to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities.
noun
2.
an act or instance of backsliding: a backslide from his early training.

Origin:
1575–85; back2 + slide

backslider, noun
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backslide (ˈbækˌslaɪd)
 
vb , -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid, -slidden
(intr) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc
 
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backslide
in the religious sense, 1580s, from back (adj.) + slide.
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Backslide definition


to draw back or apostatize in matters of religion (Acts 21:21; 2 Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1). This may be either partial (Prov. 14:14) or complete (Heb. 6:4-6; 10:38, 39). The apostasy may be both doctrinal and moral.

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