backslider

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From backslide +‎ -er.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

backslider (plural backsliders)

  1. A recidivist; one who backslides, especially in a religious sense; an apostate.
    • 1888, Rudyard Kipling, ‘The Judgement of Dungara’, Black and White, Folio Society 2004, vol. 1, p. 382:
      At night the Red Elephant Tusk boomed and groaned among the hills, and the faithful waked and said: ‘The God of Things as They Are matures revenge against the backsliders.’
    She married him thinking to change his ways, and for a while he got religion, but he was ever a backslider; she soon began finding bottles stashed about the house.