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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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Hobos, hustlers, and backsliders; homeless in San Francisco.
Psalm 80:1-7, 17-19--This psalm is a communal lament of implied backsliders who seek protection and new life from God (vv.
The Qur'an contains a good deal of anger and aggression, and like the Hebrew Bible and NT, some of it is directed inward to Muslim backsliders called munafiqun, usually translated as "hypocrites," who join Muhammad but not out of true fear of God.
('Fanatic', contra Wieringa, is not my favoured word, though the loan-word fanatik--less pejorative to Javanese ears--is an epithet some happily use of themselves.) People who regard backsliders, dissenters and anthropologists as infidels unworthy of communication, or who plot their downfall, are what they are.
Rather, one could argue the contrary in that the removal of a temporal deterrent could facilitate more un -Islamic behaviour as the more impressionable, easily distracted and known backsliders might cease to perform required religious observance, and lapse into a habit of disobedience.
Skeptics and backsliders won't like it, but the signs and wonders are all plain to the true believer!
In addition, the New York-based Committee for the Protection of Journalists has placed Egypt in seventh place in its list of the world's top 10 backsliders on press freedom in 2008.
CPJ labels Ethiopia as one of the world's worst backsliders of press freedom, a steady decline made worse by a recent draconian anti-terror legislation.
IT WOULD have been trebles all round for the SPL's old backslapping backsliders up at the private members' club on Hampden's top floor.
However, as with all UN conventions, they only have the force of law if they are implemented by signatory countries and there is no effective way of holding backsliders to account.
Jill invites the backsliders to study the puzzle closely and to produce a cheque pretty rapidly if they identify themselves - and she adds a special word of caution to those who have short names.
And toward the end of the service when the call went out: "Come/Will you come ...?' and the sinners and backsliders made their shamefaced calvary up to the pulpit, it was their exhortations which helped to bring them through.
He would note their success and growth, identify commendable tendencies, and criticize backsliders and apostates.
I prefer the carrot rather than the stick when dealing with backsliders, but a conversation like that makes you think.
I prefer the carrot rather than the stick when dealing with backsliders but a conversation like that makes you think.