As a lapsed Mississippian, one of the most shocking to me regarded his visit with Jefferson Davis down at Davis' home in Biloxi.
His continued enthusiasm for his work, when most other people would have long since lapsed into retirement, was remarkable.
Evans, 31, whose eyes gleam behind a mess of blonde hair, was a formerly committed Christian whose faith had lapsed.
VanVonderen is a Midwesterner, built like a line backer, and a lapsed alcoholic himself.
At one point, when David was sitting with him, he lapsed into a restless sleep in which he began shouting in French.
Again he lapsed into silence, as if fearful to ask the boon.
He did not speak again, but lapsed into a thoughtful silence.
From the level from which he has lapsed they have not descended.
Then he saw the picture, started slightly, and lapsed into a sullen silence.
Putting his feet back on the desk, he lit the cigar, drew in a cloud of smoke, and lapsed into deep thought.
mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.
early 15c., said to be from lapse (n.) or from Latin lapsare "to lose one's footing." Related: Lapsed; lapses; lapsing.