Definition of faith healing in US English:

faith healing


  • Healing achieved by religious belief and prayer, rather than by medical treatment.

    • ‘A couple of sections are dedicated to folk remedies and faith healing.’
    • ‘Indeed, faith healing seems to be an important aspect of Protestant churches' attraction to believers, as well as the provision of a more traditional kind of medical assistance to the public.’
    • ‘More than 60 people came for faith healing, including a blind boy, a boy with a lame leg, an old woman with a headache and a man with piles.’
    • ‘Additionally, and despite awareness of the shortcomings of faith healers, this group relied on faith healing.’
    • ‘Alternative healing methods are widely used, such as faith healing, chiropractic, and traditional ‘bush’ remedies based on indigenous plants.’
    • ‘There was the ‘Charismatic Movement,’ which embraced things like speaking in tongues, faith healing, visions, prophecy, and the like that were shunned by the staid mainstream churches of the time.’
    • ‘Articles on feng shui, crystal therapy, iridology, colonic irrigation, herbalism and faith healing sweep the media every week.’
    • ‘Nathan, in her late 40s, said she could sing seven Indonesian folk songs, which she learned some years ago while attending a course offered by the Subud faith healing and spiritual organization in Cilandak, South Jakarta.’
    • ‘His peculiar skills, which combine faith healing, gentle manipulation and massage, may raise the hackles of conventional animal doctors, but they seem to work.’
    • ‘When an alleged cure by faith healing occurs in a religious context it is usually called a miracle.’
    • ‘He gained an early reputation for faith healing and clairvoyance and won fame throughout Mexico for his playful and unorthodox cures for a range of maladies including cancer and lameness.’
    • ‘This led into a discussion lasting for more than three hours that ranged from religion to faith healing.’
    • ‘I read somewhere that Athey was raised by his grandmother and aunt and was groomed for a career as a fundamentalist minister in the Pentecostal church, and that in his early years he spoke in tongues and was involved in faith healing.’
    • ‘He was to be in town for two nights, and inside of those two nights there was going to be a lot of purging of demons, faith healing, mind reading, future forecasting and the like.’
    • ‘Piety and faith healing, within approved ecclesial limits, are found in other contexts than holy wells to the present day among parish members of the Reformed and Roman traditions.’
    • ‘Depending on the circumstances, we describe these different forms of recovery with terms like psychic healing, spiritual healing, faith healing, laying-on-of-hands, etc.’
    • ‘The popularity of angels, psychic phenomena, faith healing, meditation, and near-death experiences testifies to a paradigm shift in our concept of reality.’
    • ‘There has been little attention to the margins of religious experience, for example, faith healing and mysticism.’
    • ‘He has gone on record to state that he has used laying on of hands such as faith healing and Sigils, for healing’
    • ‘In 1991, about 25 percent of inhabitants claimed to believe in astrology and good luck charms, and 42 percent believed in fortune-telling and faith healing.’


faith healing

/ˈfeɪθ ˌhilɪŋ//ˈfāTH ˌhēliNG/