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From Latin testimōnium (testimony), from testis (a witness). See test.



testimony (countable and uncountable, plural testimonies)

  1. (law) Statements made by a witness in court.
    • 2012 August 21, Pilkington, Ed, “Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      The Missouri prosecutors' case against Clemons, based partly on incriminating testimony given by his co-defendants, was that Clemons was part of a group of four youths who accosted the sisters on the Chain of Rocks Bridge one dark night in April 1991.
  2. An account of first-hand experience.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      [Thou] for the testimony of truth, hast borne / Universal reproach.
  3. (religion) In a church service, a personal account, such as of one's conversion.
  4. Witness; evidence; proof of some fact.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Bible Mark vi. 11
      When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.

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