speak in tongues


: to say strange words that no one can understand, especially as part of a religious experience

Examples of speak in tongues in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Like those who, by miracle or conviction, speak in tongues in front of a religious congregation to preserve the unspoken pact of a shared sense of comfort, there’s validation in getting scared together. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 His mother, Mamie, was a deeply religious woman who was known to speak in tongues during church services. Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 Sometimes Emma would speak in tongues, a practice encouraged by the Assemblies of God. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, 11 Oct. 2021

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