backslide vb relapse, *lapse
Analogous words: revert, *return: deteriorate, degenerate, decline (see corresponding nouns at DETERIORATION): *recede, retreat, retrograde

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  • Backslide — Back slide (b[a^]k sl[imac]d ; 277), v. i. [imp. {Backslid}; p. p. {Backslidden}, {Backslid}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Backsliding}.] [Back, adv. + slide.] To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • backslide — index recidivate, regress, relapse, repeat (do again), return (go back), reversal, reversion (act o …   Law dictionary

  • backslide — (v.) in the religious sense, 1580s, from BACK (Cf. back) (adj.) + SLIDE (Cf. slide) (v.). Related: Backslider; backsliding (1550s) …   Etymology dictionary

  • backslide — [v] go astray apostatize, deviate, fall from grace, lapse, leave the straight and narrow*, relapse, revert, sin, slip; concepts 195,665,697 …   New thesaurus

  • backslide — ► VERB (past backslid; past part. backslid or backslidden) ▪ relapse into bad ways. DERIVATIVES backslider noun backsliding noun …   English terms dictionary

  • backslide — [bak′slīd΄] vi. backslid [bak′slid΄] backslid or backslidden [bak′slid΄ n] backsliding to slide backward in morals or religious enthusiasm; become less virtuous, less pious, etc. backslider n …   English World dictionary

  • backslide — intransitive verb (backslid; slid or backslidden; backsliding) Date: 1552 1. to lapse morally or in the practice of religion 2. to revert to a worse condition ; retrogress • backslide noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • backslide — backslider, n. /bak sluyd /, v., backslid, backslid or backslidden, backsliding, n. v.i. 1. to relapse into bad habits, sinful behavior, or undesirable activities. n. 2. an act or instance of backsliding: a backslide from his early training.… …   Universalium

  • backslide — verb a) To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state. He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to backslide. b) To shirk responsibility; to renege on ones obligations or commitments …   Wiktionary

  • backslide — verb (I) to start doing the bad things that you used to do, especially after having improved your behaviour: I haven t had a cigarette for two months, but recently I m afraid I ve begun to backslide. backslider noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English