backslide vs lapse what difference

what is difference between backslide and lapse



back +‎ slide


backslide (third-person singular simple present backslides, present participle backsliding, simple past backslid or backslided, past participle backslidden or backslid or backslided)

  1. To regress; to slip backwards or revert to a previous, worse state.
    • 1893, George Eliot, George Eliot’s Works – Volume 7 – Page 233
      Monna Brigida, who had backslided into false hair in Romola’s absence, but now drew it off again and declared she would not mind being gray, if her dear child would stay with her.
    He felt better for a little while, before his condition started to backslide.
  2. To shirk responsibility; to renege on one’s obligations or commitments.
    Rich countries are backsliding on their commitment to agree to new WTO measures to help people in poor countries gain access to affordable medicines. — Oxfam press release, 24 June 2002

Derived terms

  • backslider
  • backsliding (adjective, noun)



backslide (plural backslides)

  1. A backward regression; a reverting back to a worse state.
  2. A dance move in which the feet are alternately slid back and the heels lifted, giving the illusion of walking forwards while actually moving backwards; later popularly called the moonwalk.



From Middle French laps, from Latin lāpsus, from lābī (to slip). Doublet of lapsus.


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /læps/
  • Rhymes: -æps


lapse (plural lapses)

  1. A temporary failure; a slip.
    Synonyms: blooper, gaffe, thinko; see also Thesaurus:error
  2. A decline or fall in standards.
  3. A pause in continuity.
    Synonyms: hiatus, moratorium; see also Thesaurus:pause
  4. An interval of time between events.
    Synonyms: between-time, gap; see also Thesaurus:interim
  5. A termination of a right etc., through disuse or neglect.
  6. (meteorology) A marked decrease in air temperature with increasing altitude because the ground is warmer than the surrounding air.
  7. (law) A common-law rule that if the person to whom property is willed were to die before the testator, then the gift would be ineffective.
  8. (theology) A fall or apostasy.

Derived terms

Related terms

  • lapsarian



lapse (third-person singular simple present lapses, present participle lapsing, simple past and past participle lapsed)

  1. (intransitive) To fall away gradually; to subside.
  2. (intransitive) To fall into error or heresy.
  3. To slip into a bad habit that one is trying to avoid.
  4. (intransitive) To become void.
  5. To fall or pass from one proprietor to another, or from the original destination, by the omission, negligence, or failure of somebody, such as a patron or legatee.


  • ALSEP, ELSPA, Lapes, Leaps, Pales, Peals, Slape, e-pals, leaps, lepas, pales, peals, pleas, salep, sepal, slape, spale



lapse c

  1. indefinite plural of laps




  1. genitive singular of laps




  1. vocative masculine singular of lāpsus

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