• WordNet 3.6
    • n backsliding a failure to maintain a higher state
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Backsliding Slipping back; falling back into sin or error; sinning. "Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord."
    • n Backsliding The act of one who backslides; abandonment of faith or duty. "Our backslidings are many."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backsliding A falling back in principle or practice; a lapse in or abandonment of religious obligation; apostasy.
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In literature:

And such is truly the deplorable case of the backslider.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Let me know the full extent of my backsliding.
"Jacob Faithful" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Taute prayed to the Missionary God, and his two fellow islanders, backsliding, invoked the deities of their old heathen days.
"A Son Of The Sun" by Jack London
I've lived in sin, an' I've repented, an' I've backslid.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
In my backslidings I was docile, punctual in obedience, careful to confess often.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
But I have not come out at twelve o'clock of a Sabbath night to cast up to an unfortunate man his backslidings.
"Red Cap Tales" by Samuel Rutherford Crockett
This remark brought the captain very near to backsliding.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Well, then, the backsliding was natural, and oughtn't to count against him.
"The Brigade Commander" by J. W. Deforest
Each member lives exclusively on its own account, an isolated, indolent, selfish, and backsliding life.
"Natural Law in the Spiritual World" by Henry Drummond
Just going to this sleigh-ride wasn't going to prove that she was backsliding, anyway!
"The Governess" by Julie M. Lippmann

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 '.
China's human rights backslide .
Don't Join the Cult of the Backslider .
Oakland police backsliding on reforms.
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.
Backsliding in efforts to fight AIDS, study finds.
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.
A warm-up for the proper Backsliders gig in just two nights (see No.