toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Go to Book

lapse
used in To Kill a Mockingbird

only 1 use
(click/touch triangles for details)
Definition
a change in behavior or state—usually undesired such as a temporary failure
The exact meaning of this sense of lapse is often subject to its context:
  • basic example that simply indicates an undesired change in behavior — "lapsed into alcoholism"
  • example indicating that the change was short-term and due to a failure (often of effort or diligence) — "a lapse in judgment"
  • example indicating return to a previous undesired behavior or state — "lapsed into her old bad habits"
  • examples indicating a change in what was occurring where the change is not necessarily negative — "There was a lapse in the conversation," or "She stopped talking as she lapsed into her own internal world."
  • Reverend Sykes used his pulpit more freely to express his views on individual lapses from grace:
    p. 162.3
lapses = an undesired change in behavior
There are no more uses of "lapse" in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Typical Usage  (best examples)
Dictionary / pronunciation — Google®Dictionary list — Onelook.com®