Definition of "backslide" [back•slide]

  • To revert to sin or wrongdoing, especially in religious practice. (verb-intransitive)
  • To lapse into bad habits or vices from a state of virtue, religious faith, etc (verb)

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Use "backslide" in a sentence
  • "I find in myself a natural aversion to my duty, and to spiritual and divine exercises, and a propensity to that which is evil, such an inclination towards the world and the flesh as amounts to a propensity to backslide from the living"
  • "SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Just a few months after passing comprehensive health reform, U.S. lawmakers appear willing to risk a short-term backslide in the push to reduce the number of uninsured Americans until the overhaul's major provisions take effect in"
  • "Somewhere along the way, deep in our long term backslide in education spending and the decline of leisure time we produced a society of people impatient to study a situation then react in a non-violent way."