Word of the Day – April 6, 2012

backslide (verb)

BAK slighd

to fall away from an attainment already reached (“backslider” is the noun)

The Ayatollah told his young followers that the war with Iraq was a holy crusade of the true faith against corrupted backsliders. He reminded them that they had struck down the Shah and humbled the mighty United States, and he claimed that the Iraqis would suffer the same fate.
David Evans and Richard Campany     November 1984

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