[ bak-slahyd ]
/ ˈbækˌslaɪd /

verb (used without object), back·slid, back·slid or back·slid·den, back·slid·ing.

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

back·slid·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for backslide


/ (ˈbækˌslaɪd) /

verb -slides, -sliding, -slid, -slid or -slidden

(intr) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc

Derived Forms

backslider, noun
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