relapse

Part of speech: verb

To lapse back, as into disease or sin; decline; backslide.

Part of speech: noun

A lapse into a former evil state.

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Usage examples "relapse":

  1. The sun shone through the row of windows on her as she passed along, and she seemed to beam out each time into brightness, and relapse into shade, until the door at the bottom of the gallery closed after her. - "Bracebridge Hall, or The Humorists", Washington Irving.
  2. This doctrine is a relapse on Paganism, and derived from it. - "Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors", James Freeman Clarke.
  3. You won't relapse, will you? - "Pygmalion", George Bernard Shaw.