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[bak-slahyd] /ˈbækˌslaɪd/
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.
Origin of backslide
First recorded in 1575-85; back2 + slide
Related forms
backslider, noun Unabridged
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  • She was only thinking that "it was a heap better to repent 'n to backslide."

  • Did not I, even I, in thy presence, backslide into intemperance and folly?

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Having slept in a duchess's bed, Kedzie would not backslide.

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • They will no longer be tolerated, nor will converted Israel backslide again.

    The Prophet Ezekiel Arno C. Gaebelein
  • If thou turn us not, we shall never turn; it is in our nature to backslide for ever.

    The Power of Faith Isabella Graham
  • They are backsliders on their knees long before they backslide openly in the eyes of the world.

    Practical Religion

    John Charles Ryle
  • Let me mention some of the stone walls that men permit to be broken down when they backslide.

    Talks To Farmers Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • Jim West thought things looked scaly, but he warn't agoin' to backslide arter he'd got so fur.

    The End Of The World Edward Eggleston
  • When a savage from the Solomons does backslide, he is usually the most cannibalistic of his tribe.

British Dictionary definitions for backslide


verb -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid, -slidden
(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

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

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