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

First recorded in 1880–85
Related formsfaith healer, noun
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Related Words for faith-healer

healer, shaman

Examples from the Web for faith-healer

Historical Examples of faith-healer

  • 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 Formsfaith healer, noun
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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]
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