heal·​er | \ ˈhē-lər How to pronounce healer (audio) \

Definition of healer

1 : one that heals
2 : a Christian Science practitioner

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Faith healers have long been sought out in Rohingya society to treat physical and mental ailments. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018 The first will feature three energy healers blessing the space. Alexandra Marshall, WSJ, "Dover Street Market Expands While Defying Retail Convention," 14 Aug. 2018 Earlier this year, Khan married faith healer Bushra Maneka. Munir Ahmed, Fox News, "Pakistan parliament elects Imran Khan's ally as speaker," 15 Aug. 2018 But Popoff and his ilk are hardly breaking news—magician-healers like Oral Roberts have been around since the dawn of religion. David Weiss, Newsweek, "Disgraced Preacher Jim Bakker's New Doomsday Pitch," 27 Mar. 2016 At Gypsy Sport, designer Rio Uribe (a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner in 2015) had his pal Domonique Echeverria, a spiritual healer, kick off his proceedings with a meditation and a chant. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The New Fashion Communities: How the Industry Is Embracing Inclusivity," 17 Jan. 2019 Woodroffe traveled to Peru in 2016 hoping to get an apprenticeship with a plant healer from the Shipibo tribe. Fox News, "Canadian man dragged by the neck and lynched by Peruvian mob after being accused of shaman's death," 23 Apr. 2018 Played by a man, the commanding and lithe Llewellyn Mnguni, the character is a Sangoma — a traditional South African healer. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, "Review: A Reimagined ‘Giselle,’ With South African Roots," 4 Apr. 2018 Yet many Rohingya still seek out their faith healers. Rishabh R. Jain, The Seattle Times, "Rohingya fearful of doctors keep faith healers in business," 13 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of healer

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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