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- (intransitive) To fall back again; to slide or turn back into a former state or practice.
- 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity:
- Then we relapsed into a discomfited silence, and wished we were anywhere else. But Miss Thorn relieved the situation by laughing aloud, and with such a hearty enjoyment that instead of getting angry and more mortified we began to laugh ourselves, and instantly felt better.
- He has improved recently but keeps relapsing into states of utter confusion.
- to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or into barbarism
- to relapse into slumber after being disturbed
- (intransitive, medicine, of a disease) To recur; to worsen, be aggravated (after a period of improvement).
- To slip or slide back physically; to turn back.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
- (to fall back into a former state or practice): fall off the wagon
To fall back again
(medicine) To recur; to worsen
relapse (plural relapses)
- The act or situation of relapsing.
- a drug relapse
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the Second”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398:
- Alas! from what high hope to what relapse / Unlooked for are we fallen!
- (medicine) An occasion when a person becomes ill again after a period of improvement
- (obsolete) One who has relapsed, or fallen back into error; a backslider.
the act or situation of relapsing
- relapse in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- relapse in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- relapse at OneLook Dictionary Search
- Rhymes: -apse
relapse f pl
- plural of