testimony

[ tes-tuh-moh-nee, or, esp. British, -muh-nee ]
/ ˈtɛs təˌmoʊ ni, or, esp. British, -mə ni /

noun, plural tes·ti·mo·nies.

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

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin testimōnium, equivalent to testi(s) witness + -mōnium -mony

Related forms

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

Synonym study

1. See evidence.
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British Dictionary definitions for testimony

testimony

/ (ˈtɛstɪmənɪ) /

noun plural -nies

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
  1. the Ten Commandments, as inscribed on the two stone tables
  2. the Ark of the Covenant as the receptacle of these (Exodus 25:16; 16:34)

Word Origin for testimony

C15: from Latin testimōnium, from testis witness
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