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backslide

[bak-slahyd] /ˈbækˌslaɪd/
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
1575-1585
1575-85; back2 + slide
Related forms
backslider, noun
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Examples for backslide
  • Making sure parents commend children when they make progress, and don't criticize them if they do backslide.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for backslide

backslide

/ˈbækˌslaɪd/
verb -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid, -slidden
1.
(intransitive) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc
Derived Forms
backslider, noun
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Word Origin and History for backslide
v.

in the religious sense, 1580s, from back (adj.) + slide (v.). Related: Backslider; backsliding (1550s).

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backslide in the Bible

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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