Synonyms for lapsed

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Many of the fighting nations have lapsed back into the pre-Jonah era.

Bill grunted his disagreement with the diagnosis, and lapsed into silence.

Eventually, however, she lapsed into a sort of listless immobility.

Then she became dizzy once more, and lapsed into silent thought.

For a moment or so Rose, previously so talkative, had lapsed into silence.

He would never have lapsed into forgetfulness if the bell had not ceased to ring.

She lapsed into silence, as though she had already said too much.

He sighed and lapsed into one of his long fits of abstraction.

Captain Lote lapsed into silence, drumming the desk with his big fingers.

After it was over she brought him a pipe, and they lapsed into difficult pauses.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "elapsing of time, expiration;" also "temporary forfeiture of a legal right," from Middle French laps "lapse," from Latin lapsus "a slipping and falling, flight (of time), falling into error," from labi "to slip, glide, fall." Meaning "moral transgression, sin" is c.1500; that of "slip of the memory" is 1520s; that of "a falling away from one's faith" is from 1650s.

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