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faith healing

noun
1.
healing effected through prayer or religious faith; divine healing.
2.
a method employing faith or prayer in the hope of receiving such healing.
Origin of faith healing
1880-1885
First recorded in 1880-85
Related forms
faith healer, noun
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Examples from the Web for faith-healer
Historical Examples
  • Have you heard anything about Miss Callender's course as a faith-healer?

    The Faith Doctor Edward Eggleston
  • Now this was the chiefest of heterodoxies to the faith-healer.

    Old Times in Dixie Land Caroline E. Merrick
British Dictionary definitions for faith-healer

faith healing

noun
1.
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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Word Origin and History for faith-healer
n.

Also faith healer, attested by 1874; from faith + healer.

The power which a man's imagination has over his body to heal it or make it sick is a force which none of us is born without. The first man had it, the last one will possess it. If left to himself, a man is most likely to use only the mischievous half of the force--the half which invents imaginary ailments for him and cultivates them; and if he is one of those very wise people, he is quite likely to scoff at the beneficent half of the force and deny its existence. [Mark Twain, "Christian Science," 1907]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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