Definition of backslider:
- bad person (part of speech: noun)
- "Flamsted quarries", Mary E. Waller.
Much to the horror of his family he eschewed all the liberal professions, and embraced the offer of an old backslider of an uncle, who proposed to him a situation in his banking- house, and a partnership as soon as he deserved it; the consequence was, that his relations bade him an indignant farewell, and then made no further inquiries about him: he was as decidedly cut as one of the female branches of the family would have been had she committed a faux pas.- "The Pirate", Frederick Marryat.
- "Natural Law in the Spiritual World", Henry Drummond.