• WordNet 3.6
    • n backslider someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Backslider One who backslides.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backslider One who backslides. An apostate; one who falls from the faith and practice of religion. Prov. xiv. 14.
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In literature:

Second, they become backsliders, sin wilfully and are chastised.
"God's Plan with Men" by T. T. (Thomas Theodore) Martin
The "backslider" is an excellent illustration of the results of periodic renewal of impulse to right living.
"Church Cooperation in Community Life" by Paul L. Vogt
Jine in, Backslid, an' yo' marches 'longside ob me an' Lily.
"Lady Luck" by Hugh Wiley
But he was leaning on a broken reed, for Beta was himself a backslider.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
The Protestants thought the plague had been sent as a punishment for their backsliding.
"The Huguenots in France" by Samuel Smiles
You can't go into a conventicle but you'll hear plenty of talk of backsliding.
"The Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin
Watching over the saints, by means of visiting them, to prevent coldness, or to recover them from backsliding.
"The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller" by George Müller
Though our iniquities testify against us, work thou for thy name's sake, O LORD: for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against thee.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
The jewel of Pandora may be exhilarating to fallen immortality; it has no lustre whatever for a backsliding mortal.
"Hypolympia" by Edmund Gosse
But then he came to Italy, made a new start, and backslid to Waldensianism.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

A voice it has, and helping hand,
Backsliders to recall;
And cautions those who think they stand,
Lest suddenly they fall.
"Peter Sinning And Repenting" by John Newton
Lord, dost thou such backslidings heal,
And pardon all that's past?
Sure, if I am not made of steel,
Thou hast prevailed at last.
"Humbled And Silenced" by John Newton
O God, our best friend, give us grace to amend,
And keep Adam's sons from backsliding!
Forgive us each sin, and lead us all in To the kingdom, where thou art residing.
"A Song Concerning The Devil And The Drunkard" by Rees Prichard
Behold her affliction, and hark to her weeping,
In the sphere of the soul she with Thee is alone,
Repay and restore her, attend to her anguish,
When her sobs and her tears her backslidings bemoan.
"My Soul Shall Declare" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol
She was de preachah's favoured, an' he tol' de chu'ch one night
Dat she travelled thoo de cloud o' sin a-bearin' of a light;
But, now, I 'low he t'inkin' dat she mus' 'a' los' huh lamp,
Case Lucy done backslided an' dey trouble in de camp.
"How Lucy Backslid" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

When Jess and Nick run into their exes Paul (guest star Justin Long) and Caroline (guest star Mary Elizabeth Ellis), the gang fears they both may " backslide " into romantic relationships.
I refer to this phenomenon as backsliding, and it can happen anywhere, anytime.
IMF cuts growth forecast in review of backsliding global recovery, urges farsighted planning.
Egypt's leading female voice for change warns that revolution is backsliding .
What America Can Learn From Hungary's Backsliding Democracy.
Gorbachev criticizes Putin's Russia as backsliding on democracy.
Why Turkey Is Backsliding on Women's Rights.
Envoy Sees ' Backsliding ' of Human Rights in China.
Stop Hungary from backsliding on democracy.
Pretty soon you begin to backslide on your promises.
Charmingly tongue-in-cheek ' Altar Boyz' is equal parts backsliding and Backstreet.
Charmingly tongue-in-cheek 'Altar Boyz' is equal parts backsliding and Backstreet.
Major indices perform well in morning, then partially backslide after Boehner conference.
Charmingly tongue-in- cheek 'Altar Boyz' is equal parts backsliding and Backstreet.
A warm-up for the proper Backsliders gig in just two nights (see No.