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 for relapse
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relapse \Re*lapse"\ (r?-l?ps"), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Relapsed
     (-l?pst"); p. pr. & vb. n. Relapsing.] [L. relapsus, p. p.
     of relabi to slip back, to relapse; pref. re- re- + labi to
     fall, slip, slide. See Lapse.]
     1. To slip or slide back, in a literal sense; to turn back.
        [Obs.] --Dryden.
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     2. To slide or turn back into a former state or practice; to
        fall back from some condition attained; -- generally in a
        bad sense, as from a state of convalescence or amended
        condition; as, to relapse into a stupor, into vice, or
        into barbarism; -- sometimes in a good sense; as, to
        relapse into slumber after being disturbed.
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              That task performed, [preachers] relapse into
              themselves.                           --Cowper.
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     3. (Theol.) To fall from Christian faith into paganism,
        heresy, or unbelief; to backslide.
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              They enter into the justified state, and so continue
              all along, unless they relapse.       --Waterland.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Relapse \Re*lapse"\, n. [For sense 2 cf. F. relaps. See
     Relapse, v.]
     1. A sliding or falling back, especially into a former bad
        state, either of body or morals; backsliding; the state of
        having fallen back.
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              Alas! from what high hope to what relapse
              Unlooked for are we fallen!           --Milton.
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     2. One who has relapsed, or fallen back, into error; a
        backslider; specifically, one who, after recanting error,
        returns to it again. [Obs.]
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  relapse
      n 1: a failure to maintain a higher state [syn: backsliding,
           lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion,
           reverting]
      v 1: deteriorate in health; "he relapsed" [syn: get worse,
           relapse] [ant: bounce back, get over, get well]
      2: go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often
         minor criminals" [syn: relapse, lapse, recidivate,
         regress, retrogress, fall back]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  105 Moby Thesaurus words for "relapse":
     about-face, apostasy, backing, backset, backslide, backsliding,
     backward motion, backward step, cock, decline, degenerate,
     degeneration, deteriorate, deterioration, disenchantment,
     disimprove, fade, fading, fail, failing, failure, fall,
     fall again into, fall astern, fall back, fall behind,
     fall from grace, falling back, flip-flop, get back, get behind,
     get worse, go back, go backwards, go behind, grow worse,
     have a relapse, jerk back, lapse, lapse back, lapsing, let down,
     lose ground, pull back, reaction, recede, recession, recidivate,
     recidivation, recidivism, reclamation, reconversion, recur to,
     reentry, refluence, reflux, regress, regressing, regression,
     rehabilitation, reinstatement, restitution, restoration, retreat,
     retroaction, retrocede, retrocession, retroflex, retroflexion,
     retrogradation, retrograde, retrogress, retrogression,
     retroversion, retrovert, retrusion, return, return to, returning,
     reversal, reverse, reversion, revert, revert to, reverting,
     revulsion, rollback, setback, sicken, sink, sink back, sinking,
     slacken, slide back, slip back, slipping back, sternway, throwback,
     turn, turnabout, weaken, weakening, worsen, worsening,
     yield again to
  
  

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  RELAPSE. The condition of one who, after having abandoned a course of vice, 
  returns to it again. Vide Recidive. 
  
  

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