1. [syn: lapse, backslide]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Backslide \Back"slide"\ (b[a^]k"sl[imac]d"; 277), v. i. [imp.
Backslid; p. p. Backslidden, Backslid; p. pr. & vb. n.
Backsliding.] [Back, adv. + slide.]
To slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the
faith and practice of a religion that has been professed.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
v 1: drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards
[syn: lapse, backslide]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
46 Moby Thesaurus words for "backslide":
cock, defect, degenerate, desert, err, fall, fall again into,
fall astern, fall away, fall back, fall behind, fall from grace,
get behind, go astray, go backwards, go behind, go wrong,
have a relapse, jerk back, lapse, lapse back, lose ground,
pull back, recede, recidivate, recur to, regress, relapse,
retrocede, retroflex, retrograde, retrogress, retrovert, return,
return to, reverse, revert, revert to, sink back, slide back, slip,
slip back, tergiversate, trip, turn, yield again to
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
to draw back or apostatize in matters of religion (Acts 21:21; 2
Thess. 2:3; 1 Tim. 4:1). This may be either partial (Prov.
14:14) or complete (Heb. 6:4-6; 10:38, 39). The apostasy may be
both doctrinal and moral.