Synonyms of lapse


1. oversight, lapse, mistake, error, fault

usage: a mistake resulting from inattention

2. lapse, pause, intermission, break, interruption, suspension

usage: a break or intermission in the occurrence of something; "a lapse of three weeks between letters"

3. backsliding, lapse, lapsing, relapse, relapsing, reversion, reverting, failure

usage: a failure to maintain a higher state


1. sink, pass, lapse, move

usage: pass into a specified state or condition; "He sank into nirvana"

2. lapse, end, stop, finish, terminate, cease

usage: end, at least for a long time; "The correspondence lapsed"

3. lapse, backslide, slip, drop off, drop away, fall away

usage: drop to a lower level, as in one's morals or standards

4. relapse, lapse, recidivate, regress, retrogress, fall back, revert, return, retrovert, regress, turn back

usage: go back to bad behavior; "Those who recidivate are often minor criminals"

5. lapse, forfeit, give up, throw overboard, waive, forgo, forego

usage: let slip; "He lapsed his membership"

6. elapse, lapse, pass, slip by, glide by, slip away, go by, slide by, go along, advance, progress, pass on, move on, march on, go on

usage: pass by; "three years elapsed"

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Definition and meaning of lapse (Dictionary)