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Meaning of TESTIMONY

Pronunciation:  'testu`mownee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  something that serves as evidence; "his effort was testimony to his devotion"
  2. [n]  an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact; "according to his own testimony he can't do it"
  3. [n]  a solemn statement made under oath

TESTIMONY is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: testimonial
 See Also: affidavit, assertion, asseveration, attestation, averment, declaration, evidence, good authority, subornation, testament, witness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tes"ti*mo*ny\, n.; pl. {Testimonies}. [L.
    testimonium, from testis a witness: cf. OF. testimoine,
    testemoine, testimonie. See {Testify}.]
    1. A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose
       of establishing or proving some fact.
    Note: Such declaration, in judicial proceedings, may be
          verbal or written, but must be under oath or
    2. Affirmation; declaration; as, these doctrines are
       supported by the uniform testimony of the fathers; the
       belief of past facts must depend on the evidence of human
       testimony, or the testimony of historians.
    3. Open attestation; profession.
             [Thou] for the testimony of truth, hast borne
             Universal reproach.                   --Milton.
    4. Witness; evidence; proof of some fact.
             When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your
             feet for a testimony against them.    --Mark vi. 11.
    5. (Jewish Antiq.) The two tables of the law.
             Thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I
             shall give thee.                      --Ex. xxv. 16.
    6. Hence, the whole divine revelation; the sacre? Scriptures.
             The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the
             simple.                               --Ps. xix. 7.
    Syn: Proof; evidence; attestation; witness; affirmation;
         confirmation; averment.
    Usage: {Testimony}, {Proof}, {Evidence}. Proof is the most
           familiar, and is used more frequently (though not
           exclusively) of facts and things which occur in the
           ordinary concerns of life. Evidence is a word of more
           dignity, and is more generally applied to that which
           is moral or intellectual; as, the evidences of
           Christianity, etc. Testimony is what is deposed to by
           a witness on oath or affirmation. When used
           figuratively or in a wider sense, the word testimony
           has still a reference to some living agent as its
           author, as when we speak of the testimony of
           conscience, or of doing a thing in testimony of our
           affection, etc. Testimony refers rather to the thing
           declared, evidence to its value or effect. ``To
           conform our language more to common use, we ought to
           divide arguments into demonstrations, proofs, and
           probabilities; ba proofs, meaning such arguments from
           experience as leave no room for doubt or opposition.''
           --Hume. ``The evidence of sense is the first and
           highest kind of evidence of which human nature is
           capable.'' --Bp. Wilkins. ``The proof of everything
           must be by the testimony of such as the parties
           produce.'' --Spenser.
  2. \Tes"ti*mo*ny\, v. t.
    To witness; to attest; to prove by testimony. [Obs.] --Shak.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: The evidence given by a witness under oath. It does not include evidence from documents and other physical evidence.
Easton Bible Dictionary

(1.) Witness or evidence (2 Thess. 1:10).

(2.) The Scriptures, as the revelation of God's will (2 Kings 11:12; Ps. 19:7; 119:88; Isa. 8:16, 20).

(3.) The altar raised by the Gadites and Reubenites (Josh. 22:10).