Definition of Backslide

1. Verb. Drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards.

Exact synonyms: Lapse
Generic synonyms: Drop Away, Drop Off, Fall Away, Slip
Derivative terms: Backslider, Lapse



Definition of Backslide

1. v. i. To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.

Definition of Backslide

1. Verb. To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state. ¹

2. Verb. To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Backslide

1. to revert to sin [v -SLID, -SLIDING, -SLIDES] / to revert to sin [v -SLID, -SLIDDEN, -SLIDING, -SLIDES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Backslide

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backslide (current term)
backslider
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Literary usage of Backslide

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A Circuit Rider's Widow by Corra Harris (1916)
"here to backslide with righteous indignation when we were put to this test. When all is said and done, the most varied and exciting life in this world is ..."

2. From the Flag to the Cross: Or, Scenes and Incidents of Christianity in the by Amos Stevens Billingsley (1872)
"A FORT-FISHER HERO — A HEROIC SOLDIER : "I DON'T backslide" — "JESUS is ALL I WANT" — "STAND BY THE FLAG, AND CLING TO THE CROSS" — "ALL is WELL! ..."

3. Short comments on every chapter of the holy Bible (1838)
"When we are tempted to backslide or turn away, it is good to remember first principles, and to keep to them. And let us ever remember our Lord's searching ..."

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