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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After 1215, there was a social census which enabled every backslider in faith to be identified and assigned a mark to distinguish him as of "true" Christian lineage, a converso (one who had embraced the Christian faith by taking the sacrament), or a marrano (one who claimed to be a Christian, took the sacrament, and observed the faith publicly, but continued to be a Jew privately).
To understand Bill Clinton the prodigal son, the almost penitent, the backslider, it helps to know something about Baptists.
The fundamentalist view lays down an inflexible law which leaves no room for any other interpretation, and which roundly accuses any backslider of blasphemy.
The full cycle, from agreement to rejection to agreement, took roughly one year, with debtor countries' reputations with the IMF ranging all the way from "model debtor' to "irresponsible backslider.'
Biography of a backslider; he decided, he defaulted, he deserted.
The opening verse of the poem explicitly locates the backslider as
The original purpose of Lent was to instruct pagan converts in the faith and to prepare the backslider to return to the fold.
Gowan, Teresa 2010 Hobos, Hustlers, and Backsliders: Homeless in San Francisco.
The seriousness of this disorder is both compounded and hidden by an apparent prevalence discernable in the following remark: "We have observed many Blacks [sic], whom we refer to as 'Cultural Backsliders'....
Data derived from Banking On Climate Change, an annual report into extreme fossil fuel funding compiled by Bank Track, an NGO, shows that SMBC was in the top 10 'biggest backsliders on coal' mining and power from 2016 to 2017.
Perhaps some arrangements could be made to stop backsliders from leaving the country until they have paid up.
But the pull of politics was not the only thing that made men backsliders. Monogamy, modest living and abstention from alcohol also posed problems for them.
(18) However, Russia is one of the democratic backsliders and China never was democratic.
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.