Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who cures or who professes to cure disease: usually employed in a somewhat contemptuous sense and in composition; as, mind-curist, sure-curist, etc. (really formed from mind-cure + -ist, etc.).

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Examples

  • They are then the legitimate victims of the patent medicine shark or the fake-curist.

    The Eugenic Marriage, Vol. 3 (of 4) A Personal Guide to the New Science of Better Living and Better Babies

  • "The advice to seek rest and quiet seems sane enough," he said, "and utterly unlike any that a faith-curist would give."

    The Holladay Case A Tale

  • At last he gave in -- he said he remembered that talk, but had now been a mind-curist so long it was difficult for him to realize that he had ever been anything else.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain

  • I detailed to him the conversation of that time -- with the stately argument furnished by Boyesen in the fact that a patient had actually been killed by a mind-curist; and Howells's own smart remark that when the mind-curist is done with you, you have to call in a "regular" at last because the former can't procure you a burial permit.

    Complete Letters of Mark Twain

  • At last he gave in -- he said he remembered that talk, but had now been a mind-curist so long it was difficult for him to realize that he had ever been anything else.

    Mark Twain's Letters — Volume 4 (1886-1900)

  • I detailed to him the conversation of that time -- with the stately argument furnished by Boyesen in the fact that a patient had actually been killed by a mind-curist; and Howells's own smart remark that when the mind-curist is done with you, you have to call in a "regular" at last because the former can't procure you a burial permit.

    Mark Twain's Letters — Volume 4 (1886-1900)

  • "There is no place," said the faith curist, "too humble for the messenger of heaven to enter.

    The Strength of Gideon and Other Stories

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