• WordNet 3.6
    • v backslide drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Backslide băk"slīd" To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • backslide To slide back, in a figurative sense; apostatize; turn from the faith; depart from or abandon religious principles or practices.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Backslide to slide or fall back in faith or morals:—pa.p. backslid′, or backslid′den
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Back, adv. + slide,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bæc, Sw. bak, Dan. bag.


In literature:

I don't want to begin the day with a lecture on backsliding.
"The Missionary" by George Griffith
The only question was whether he was a backslider or a spy.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
You ain't a backslider, Jim Thorpe.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
Still, my head aches this morning, and I have a sort of backsliding feeling.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
They've done backslid even from whar they was at.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
His frequent backsliding frightened and warned him.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
Does not the so-near savage easily backslide?
"Trail Tales" by James David Gillilan
There are two kinds of backsliders.
"The Way to God and How to Find It" by Dwight Moody
D. Driscoll had backslided into his old campaign ease.
"The Missourian" by Eugene P. (Eugene Percy) Lyle
Well, then, the backsliding was natural, and oughtn't to count against him.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 8" by Various

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:

Sneak Peek of all-new NEW GIRL episode - ' Backslide '.
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.
China's human rights backslide .
Don't Join the Cult of the Backslider .
Oakland police backsliding on reforms.
Kudos to the Washington Post for finally calling attention to the bit of democratic backsliding down in Mexico, with an editorial denouncing the faux-impeachment of leftist candidate Lopez Obrador.
PG-13) 2 out of 2 stars In his first English language film, former director of photography-turned-director Pierre Morel backslides heavily from his near perfect debut "District 13".
PARIS (AP) — US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that Sudan's "history" of backsliding on commitments means that sanction pressure must be maintained , despite Khartoum's acceptance of a planned larger peacekeeping force for Darfur.
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.