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faith healing

healing effected through prayer or religious faith; divine healing.
a method employing faith or prayer in the hope of receiving such healing.
Origin of faith healing
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
faith healer, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A whisper grew that Laura was in love with the faith healer.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • The night had fallen before he got to the mountains, which he and the Pioneers had seen the faith healer enter.

    Northern Lights Gilbert Parker
  • Twice each week the faith healer came to the house, laid his hands upon their backs and took their money.

    Windy McPherson's Son Sherwood Anderson
  • Tim's voice suddenly lowered before the last word, for the faith healer had broken down in a torrent of tears.

    Northern Lights, Complete Gilbert Parker
British Dictionary definitions for faith healer

faith healing

treatment of a sick person through the supposed power of religious faith
Derived Forms
faith healer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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faith healer in Medicine

faith healer n.
One who treats disease with prayer.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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