Definition of testimony in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtestəˌmōnē/

noun (plural testimonies)

1A formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.
Example sentences
  • 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.
evidence, sworn statement, attestation, affidavit;
statement, declaration, assertion, affirmation;
allegation, submission, claim;
Law  deposition
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
More example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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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Syllabification: tes·ti·mo·ny

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