verb (past backslid; past participle backslid or • archaic backslidden /-ˌslidn/)[no object]
- Relapse into bad ways or error: converted vegetarians backslide to T-bones (as noun backsliding) there would be no backsliding from the administration’s sound policiesMore example sentences
- In 1936 a system of ‘protection and supervision’ centres was established to keep converts from backsliding.
- He falls from grace, backsliding all the way to the starting line.
- And so we have shattered expectations, disgust at backsliding, abhorrence at the betrayal of the values we hold dear, and a hefty dose of fear - because if the US can backslide, how safe are the rest of us?
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- In my last piece titled ‘To hell with backsliders,’ I said that, ‘All over the world regional trading blocks are either being formed or enhanced by political will.’
- But as the slowdown bit, unemployment rose and tax revenues fell, finance ministers became increasingly restive under a regime which asked for balanced budgets and promised fines for backsliders.
- Today the forces offer planned careers for young men and women who are intent on gaining a professional training and there is no room for backsliders, unwilling recruits or recalcitrant conscripts.