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

1575–85; back2 + slide

backslider, noun Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
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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Word Origin & History

in the religious sense, 1580s, from back (adj.) + slide.
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Bible Dictionary

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
Countries whose leaders are not fully committed to democracy can backslide.
Progress has been made in the last several years and he does not want to see this backslide.
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