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to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities.
an act or instance of backsliding:
a backslide from his early training.
Contemporary Examples

But what about the formerly middle-class African Americans who find themselves on the backslide?
How Much Does ‘Culture’ Matter for ‘Inner-City’ Poverty? Jamelle Bouie March 19, 2014

Historical Examples

And I did hope that the convert was not tempted to backslide and swerve from the truth in his answers.
An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison

She was only thinking that “it was a heap better to repent ‘n to backslide.”
Moriah’s Mourning and Other Half-Hour Sketches Ruth McEnery Stuart

So far as is known the converted enemy to Society did not backslide; the Lone Wolf never prowled again.
Alias The Lone Wolf Louis Joseph Vance

They will no longer be tolerated, nor will converted Israel backslide again.
The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein

Did not I, even I, in thy presence, backslide into intemperance and folly?
Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat

If thou turn us not, we shall never turn; it is in our nature to backslide for ever.
The Power of Faith Isabella Graham

Having slept in a duchess’s bed, Kedzie would not backslide.
We Can’t Have Everything Rupert Hughes

They are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world.
Practical Religion John Charles Ryle

It is a thing of very common occurrence, inside the different denominations, for their members to backslide, as they call it.
Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary John Kline

verb -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid, -slidden
(intransitive) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc

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

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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