[ tes-tuh-moh-nee, or, especially British, -muh-nee ]
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noun,plural tes·ti·mo·nies.
  1. Law. the statement or declaration of a witness under oath or affirmation, usually in court.

  2. evidence in support of a fact or statement; proof.

  1. open declaration or profession, as of faith.

  2. Usually testimonies. the precepts of God.

  3. the Decalogue as inscribed on the two tablets of the law, or the ark in which the tablets were kept. Exodus 16:34; 25:16.

  4. Archaic. a declaration of disapproval; protest.

Origin of testimony

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English, from Latin testimōnium, equivalent to testi(s) “witness” + -mōnium noun suffix; see -mony

synonym study For testimony

1. See evidence.

Other words for testimony

Other words from testimony

  • pre·tes·ti·mo·ny, noun, plural pre·tes·ti·mo·nies.
  • re·tes·ti·mo·ny, noun, plural re·tes·ti·mo·nies.

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How to use testimony in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for testimony


/ (ˈtɛstɪmənɪ) /

nounplural -nies
  1. a declaration of truth or fact

  2. law evidence given by a witness, esp orally in court under oath or affirmation

  1. evidence testifying to something: her success was a testimony to her good luck

  2. 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)

Origin of testimony

C15: from Latin testimōnium, from testis witness

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