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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.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      [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.


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