Definition of backslide in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbakslʌɪd/

verb (past backslid; past participle backslid or archaic backslidden)

[no object]
Relapse into bad ways or error: there are many things that can cause slimmers to backslide (as noun backsliding) there would be no backsliding from the government’s sound policies
More 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?
relapse, lapse, regress, retrogress, revert to one's bad habits, weaken, lose one's resolve, give in to temptation, go astray, leave the straight and narrow, go down the primrose path
degenerate, deteriorate, slip, slide, fall off, revert to a former state, regress, retrogress
informal go downhill, go to pot, go to the dogs
rare recidivate



Pronunciation: /ˈbakslʌɪdə/
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with backslide

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