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laying on of hands


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  • n. A healing practice among some devout religious groups, in which a religious authority places his or her hands on a person who is sick or injured and thereby supposedly cures that person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a form used in consecrating to office, in the rite of confirmation, and in blessing persons.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
  • n. the application of a faith healer's hands to the patient's body


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