laying on of hands

noun phrase

: the act of laying hands usually on a person's head to confer a spiritual blessing (as in Christian ordination, confirmation, or faith healing)

Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laying on of hands was in the 15th century

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“Laying on of hands.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laying%20on%20of%20hands. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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