backslider


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backslider

One who reverts or relapses into bad habits, unethical or immoral behavior, or criminal activity. We've tried to help her quit smoking, but she's a bit of a backslider. Jimmy's too much of a backslider to stay true to the practices of the church.
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Instead, Abe should use his power to push Japan toward becoming a freer and more equal society -- a beacon to other countries in Asia, and a counterpoint to the troubling backsliders of the West.
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Mison has been conducting periodic personnel changes in his crusade against graft and corruption in the bureau, rewarding good performers with plum assignments and the suspected backsliders to insignificant posts.
If backsliders claim that they're forgiven and born again, all is well and the beat can go on.
While the first-generation missionaries exclaimed as early as the 1820s that the ancient culture was dead, the second-generation missionaries represented Hawaiians as backsliders.
Still, they pray, even the unbelievers, even the backsliders and apostates.
In its recently issued "Nations in Transit" report, which tracks democratic development in the region stretching from Central Europe to Central Asia, Hungary was named one of the worst backsliders.
Let our zealous backsliders forethink now with themselves, how thir
Anticommunists are depicted as pathetic and former communists as confused apostate backsliders.
The backsliders lacked a robust and stable base of support in civil society prior to their resource discoveries.
We're talking secular humanists, hard-core atheists, agnostics, ag-curious, backsliders, people who don't identify with any '-ist" or "-ism" whatsoever, and people who just find themselves saying, "Uh, wait a minute," a lot.
Violence is well-used when it is coupled with a new vision of how things ought to be and keeps "the backsliders in line" or "[converts] the doubters" (VI).
A 'boy commandant' who never grew up, an Irish Victor Grayson, or, as McGuire would have it, a great man with the right approach who was ultimately defeated by backsliders and counter-revolutionaries?