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Definitions for backslide
ˈbækˌslaɪdback·slide

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lapse, backslideverb

    drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards

Wiktionary

  1. backslideverb

    To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.

  2. backslideverb

    To shirk responsibility; to renege on one's obligations or commitments.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Backslideverb

    To fall off; to apostatize: a word only used by divines.

    Etymology: from back and slide.

    Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? She is gone up upon every high mountain, and under every green tree. Jeremiah, iii. 6.

Wikipedia

  1. backslide

    Backsliding, also known as falling away or described as "committing apostasy", is a term used within Evangelical Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire. To revert to sin or wrongdoing, especially in religious practice, someone lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior. To be faithful, thus to believe backsliding is a reversion, in principle upholds the Apostle Paul’s condition in salvation: "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9 (TNIV). In Christianity, within the Roman Catholic Church as well as those denominations which teach Arminianism such as the Methodist Churches, backsliding is a state which any free-willed believer is capable of adopting. This belief is rejected by Calvinists endorsing the perseverance of the saints doctrine. In these denominations, it is taught that the backslidden individual is in danger of eventually going to Hell if he does not repent (see Conditional security). Historically, backsliding was considered a trait of the Biblical Israel which would turn from the Abrahamic God to follow idols. In the New Testament church (see Acts of the Apostles and Christianity in the 1st century), the story of the Prodigal Son has become a representation of a backslider who repented.Alternatively, doctrinal evidence in the Old Testament suggests that backsliding is meant for Jews and not for Christians. This is supported by verses in Jeremiah, notably 8:5, which says, "Why then is this people of Jerusalem slidden back by a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast deceit, they refuse to return." However, the latter (or person of any faith) can use backsliding in a spiritual sense.Backsliding, or sometimes entropa, is also used by Buddhists and Zen practitioners, there is optimism in making oneself resolved in following a way and in practice; "Making a resolve, even if we fall down, generates its own merit which will bear fruit in our future success if we do not give up."

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  1. backslide

    Backslide refers to the act of reverting to old habits or behaviors that are typically negative or harmful, after making progress in avoiding such behavior. It can also refer to a decline or deterioration in performance, commitment, or quality. It is often used in a religious context to describe a lapse in faith or moral standards.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backslideverb

    to slide back; to fall away; esp. to abandon gradually the faith and practice of a religion that has been professed

Wikidata

  1. Backslide

    Backsliding, also known as falling away, is a term used within Christianity to describe a process by which an individual who has converted to Christianity reverts to pre-conversion habits and/or lapses or falls into sin, when a person turns from God to pursue their own desire. In Christianity, within denominations which teach Arminianism, such as the Methodist Church and Pentecostal Holiness Church, as well as in the Roman Catholic Church, backsliding is a state in which any free willed believer can adopt, which is a doctrine rejected by Calvinists. In these denominations, it is taught that the backslidden individual is in danger of Hell if he does not repent. Historically, backsliding was considered a trait of the Biblical Israel which would turn from the Abrahamic God to follow idols. In the New Testament church, the story of the Prodigal Son has become a representation of a backslider.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of backslide in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of backslide in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of backslide in a Sentence

  1. Ken Meeks:

    Use anything you can find in your environment that helps you keep moving forward. If you keep moving, then you’ll keep making progress, even if it’s small, and you won’t backslide.

  2. James Aldrete:

    There's no doubt that Biden's numbers across the country are struggling. There's no doubt that Democrats are concerned about that( potential) backslide out of the suburban vote.

  3. Daniel Kelemen:

    The EU has always been reluctant to act when there is a democratic backslide, they have previously hidden behind the fact that Article 7 doesn't work and that they don't have the right toolkit, so try and create new mechanisms. The problem with this new agreement is any mechanism Hungary and Poland will vote for will be so watered down and unenforceable in reality.

  4. Maung Moccy:

    I lived under military rule all my life and I never experienced such a crackdown, honestly, I'm afraid they have decided to backslide on democracy.

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  • regressar, apostatar, retroceder, decair, regredirPortuguese

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