backslide

verb back·slide \ ˈbak-ˌslīd \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of backslide

backslid play \-ˌslid\; backslid or backslidden play \-ˌsli-dᵊn\; backsliding play \-ˌslī-diŋ\
intransitive verb
1 :to lapse morally or in the practice of religion
2 :to revert to a worse condition :retrogress

backslide

noun

backslider

play \-ˌslī-dər\ noun

Examples of backslide in a Sentence

  1. Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.

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First Known Use of backslide

1554


BACKSLIDE Defined for English Language Learners

backslide

verb

Definition of backslide for English Language Learners

  • : to start doing something bad again after you have stopped it



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