Definition of testimony in English:


Syllabification: tes·ti·mo·ny
Pronunciation: /ˈtestəˌmōnē

noun (plural testimonies)

  • 1A formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.
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    • A strong case, according to this view, includes the testimony of an eyewitness.
    • In his court testimony Mr. Hughes was asked about windows open in the basement.
    • In his testimony in Court, Aleksiejuk reiterated much of his medical notes and letters.
  • 1.1Evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something: his blackened finger was testimony to the fact that he had played in pain
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    • Hume does not tell us what conditions would raise the quality of testimony to the level of a proof, although what he says later yields some hints.
    • Their lack of visibility is testimony to the condition of the former ruling party as an army in retreat from its political responsibilities.
    • It is testimony to the spirit the coach has engendered in his side that the home team recovered to win the second half and end up just one converted try behind a team that was supposed to win at a canter.
    testament to, proof of, evidence of, attestation to, witness to; confirmation of, verification of, corroboration of; demonstration of, illustration of, indication of
  • 1.2A public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.
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    • It is difficult to devise criteria for evaluating religious testimony, but some rules of thumb may be proposed.
    • Those who take Bayle to be a religious skeptic discount this testimony as dissimulation.
    • With a declarative force, Garrett Hongo makes a call to witness, a call to public attention and testimony.
  • 1.3 archaic A solemn protest or declaration.


Middle English: from Latin testimonium, from testis 'a witness'.

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