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Word: relapse

Definition: return to a former state (esp. after improvement); N.


Sentences Containing 'relapse'

But, unfortunately, there has been,''he paused and took a deep breath``a slight relapse.''
``And when the relapse fell on him, was he in most respects or in all respects as he was then?''
``I think it probable,''said the Doctor, breaking silence with an effort,``that the relapse you have described, my dear friend, was not quite unforeseen by its subject.''
``Would he remember what took place in the relapse?''
As she did so, Solomon turned to the followers of the Good Republican Brutus of Antiquity, and offered a few words of explanation in the French language, which caused them all to relapse into their former places and pursuits.
He had taken the silence of the old man for a return to reason; and now these few words uttered by Faria, after so painful a crisis, seemed to indicate a serious relapse into mental alienation.
``Alas,''murmured Edmond to himself,``this is a terrible relapse!
``A bad relapse, that will lead you, if I mistake not, to the Place de Greve.
And whensoever thou findest thyself; that thou art in danger of a relapse, and that thou art not able to master and overcome those difficulties and temptations that present themselves in thy present station: get thee into any private corner, where thou mayst be better able.

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