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    The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

    When a person's faith in his religion becomes less strong, what word should I use to describe this.

    He has backslided.
    His faith in his religion has waned.

    Can the above words in bold be used?

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    Re: The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    When a person's faith in his religion becomes less strong, what word should I use to describe this.

    He has backslided. "backslided" is not a word.His faith in his religion has waned.

    Can the above words in bold be used?

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    Why not, "He has lost (his) faith"?

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    Re: The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    When a person's faith in his religion becomes less strong, what word should I use to describe this.

    He has backslided.
    His faith in his religion has waned.

    Can the above words in bold be used?

    Thanks.
    "His faith in his religion" is somewhat tautological. If you just say "His faith is waning/has waned", I would certainly assume you were talking about religion.

    His faith isn't as strong as it used to be.
    His faith is diminishing.
    His faith has waned a little/a lot.
    He's not as radical/fundamental as he was [about religion].


    He's started to come to his senses.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

    Thanks, Bhaisahab, for pointing out the error.

    It should be 'backslid'.

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    Re: The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

    The word 'lapsed' often collocates with religions; 'lapsed Catholic' seems to me very common

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    Re: The word to describe losing of faith in a religion

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    All of the posters above have made excellent suggestions. I personally prefer the sentence you proposed in your original post: "His faith has waned" (minus the 'in his religion' part)

    If you're interested, the specific word for this is 'apostasy' (with 'apostate' being both the noun and the adjective). However, it's a rather scholarly word, so it will sound a bit highbrowed in everyday conversation.

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