- Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court.
- evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.
- open declaration or profession, as of faith.
- Usually testimonies. the precepts of God.
- the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tables of the law, or the ark in which the tables were kept. Ex. 16:34; 25:16.
- Archaic. a declaration of disapproval; protest.
Origin of testimony
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Examples from the Web for testimony
All of their testimony has been accepted by the court, and most of it casts blame squarely on their captain.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 2, 2014
The grand jury heard an incredible 70 hours of testimony from 60 witnesses over a three month period.We Need More Ferguson-style Grand Juries
November 30, 2014
To what extent was the testimony the grand jury heard corroborated or contradicted by forensic evidence?Ferguson’s Grand Jury Bought Darren Wilson’s Story
November 25, 2014
The testimony is damning: the world has not learned its lesson.The Man Who Invented the Word ‘Genocide’
November 19, 2014
If the witness did in fact witness such a terrible crime, the testimony will survive in the crucible of cross-examination.There’s No Conspiracy in Ferguson’s Secret Jury
November 17, 2014
The testimony of Pericles, Alcibiades, and Plato, confirmed the truth of his words.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Having never tasted it, I can bear no testimony to its quality.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Testimony to be presently noted will indicate the importance of this statement.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
I promised to go on, and see Lemuel Bryant, and obtain his testimony.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
The question of testimony in such matters is the difficult thing.Questionable Shapes
William Dean Howells
- a declaration of truth or fact
- law evidence given by a witness, esp orally in court under oath or affirmation
- evidence testifying to somethingher success was a testimony to her good luck
- Old Testament
- the Ten Commandments, as inscribed on the two stone tables
- the Ark of the Covenant as the receptacle of these (Exodus 25:16; 16:34)
Word Origin and History for testimony
late 14c., "the Ten Commandments," from Late Latin testimonium (Vulgate), along with Greek to martyrion (Septuagint), translations of Hebrew 'eduth "attestation, testimony" (of the Decalogue), from 'ed "witness." Meaning "evidence, statement of a witness" first recorded early 15c., from Old French testimonie (11c.), from Latin testimonium "evidence, proof, testimony," from testis "witness" (see testament) + -monium, suffix signifying action, state, condition.