- 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
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Examples from the Web for backslide
But what about the formerly middle-class African Americans who find themselves on the backslide?How Much Does 'Culture' Matter for 'Inner-City' Poverty?
March 20, 2014
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
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
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
- (intr) to lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc
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Word Origin and History for backslide
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