backslid ˈbak-ˌslid ; backslid or backslidden ˈbak-ˌsli-dᵊn ; backsliding ˈbak-ˌslī-diŋ
: to lapse morally or in the practice of religion
Smokers who quit often backslide within a year.
Recent Examples on the Web More to the point, news outlets got better at covering Trump’s lies in real time, both in interviews and in news coverage, over the course of his presidency; there’s no real reason to expect significant backsliding there. —Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 4 May 2023 The uproar over the new law comes amid growing concern about backsliding in democracies that replaced dictatorships in many parts of Latin America after the Cold War. —Mary Beth Sheridan, Washington Post, 26 Feb. 2023 McAvoy, backsliding to cut off the middle, lost his grip on the ice and knocked Swayman out of the way of the puck. —Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Apr. 2023 Worries that countries will backslide on plans to reduce their use of fossil fuels have shadowed the summit, largely because of a global energy crisis precipitated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that forced some countries to seek out coal and other alternatives to Russian gas. —Lisa Friedman, New York Times, 18 Nov. 2022 As coronavirus cases spike across California, three more Bay Area counties could backslide as soon as next week to a more restrictive tier in the state’s reopening plan — which would place new limits on businesses as the critical holiday season gets under way. —Kellie Hwang, SFChronicle.com, 11 Nov. 2020 The accumulation of these stories has an effect even if progress is too slow and backsliding is inevitable. —Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2023 Eventually, as the therapy wore off, Samantha began to backslide, with seizures returning every couple of weeks or so. —Elie Dolgin, Discover Magazine, 26 Apr. 2023 Worth remembering, though, that Henry's entire series-premiere subplot was backsliding into catering. —Darren Franich, EW.com, 16 Feb. 2023 See More
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