testimony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n testimony something that serves as evidence "his effort was testimony to his devotion"
    • n testimony an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact "according to his own testimony he can't do it"
    • n testimony a solemn statement made under oath
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: To take an oath, ancient Romans put a hand on their testicles?that?s where the word ?testimony? comes from.
    • Testimony A solemn declaration or affirmation made for the purpose of establishing or proving some fact.
    • Testimony 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.
    • Testimony Hence, the whole divine revelation; the sacred Scriptures. "The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple."
    • Testimony Open attestation; profession. "Thou] for the testimony of truth, hast borne
      Universal reproach."
    • Testimony (Jewish Antiq) The two tables of the law. "Thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee."
    • v. t Testimony To witness; to attest; to prove by testimony.
    • Testimony Witness; evidence; proof of some fact. "When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n testimony Witness; evidence; proof or demonstration of some fact.
    • n testimony In law, the statement or declaration of a witness; oral evidence; a solemn statement or declaration under oath or affirmation, made as evidence before a tribunal or an officer for the purposes of evidence; a statement or statements made in proof of something.
    • n testimony Tenor of declarations or statements made or witness borne; declaration: as, the testimony of history.
    • n testimony The act of bearing witness; open attestation; profession.
    • n testimony A declaration or protest.
    • n testimony In Scripture: The law of God in general; the Scriptures.
    • n testimony Specifically, the two tables of the law (tables of the testimony); the decalogue.
    • n testimony Synonyms Deposition, attestation.
    • n testimony Proof, etc. See evidence.
    • testimony To witness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Testimony tes′ti-mō-ni evidence: declaration to prove some fact: proof:
    • v.t Testimony (Shak.) to witness
    • n Testimony a writing or certificate bearing testimony to one's character or abilities: a sum of money raised by subscription and presented in any form to a person as a token of respect
    • n Testimony tes′ti-mō-ni (B.) the two tables of the law: the whole divine revelation
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Quotations

  • Nathaniel Emmons
    Nathaniel Emmons
    “Any fact is better established by two or three good testimonies than by a thousand arguments.”
  • Immanuel Kant
    Immanuel%20Kant
    “Seek not the favor of the multitude; it is seldom got by honest and lawful means. But seek the testimony of few; and number not voices, but weigh them.”
  • Thomas Szasz
    Thomas%20Szasz
    “Psychiatric expert testimony: mendacity masquerading as medicine.”
  • Alice Thompson
    Alice Thompson
    “Inter-railers are the ambulatory equivalent of Macdonald's, walking testimony to the erosion of French culture.”
  • C. S. Lewis
    C.%20S.%20Lewis
    “The value given to the testimony of any feeling must depend on our whole philosophy, not our whole philosophy on a feeling.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “The testimony of the Lord is sure making wise the simple. [Psalms 19:7]”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. testimonium, from testis, a witness: cf. OF. testimoine, testemoine, testimonie,. See Testify
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. testimoniumtestāri, to witness.

Usage

In literature:

Testimony of the guilty would assist in conviction; that of the innocent would not.
"The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays" by Ambrose Bierce
If performed to men, it is to bear testimony to the truth.
"The Ordinance of Covenanting" by John Cunningham
You'll need every scrap of testimony you can dig up!
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
The testimony to his extraordinary sobriety becomes unanimous as soon as he returns home.
"My Recollections of Lord Byron" by Teresa Guiccioli
Each one later had his or her own testimony of that mighty and merciful deliverance.
"How I Know God Answers Prayer" by Rosalind Goforth
But this testimony does not stand alone.
"Thoughts on Missions" by Sheldon Dibble
We can bear testimony to its efficient working in many places in England.
"Fighting the Traffic in Young Girls" by Various
Strange as it may seem, these narratives were believed, and some are from sworn testimony in court.
"The Witch of Salem" by John R. Musick
All compromise of the truth or any measures that impair testimony to God are to be avoided.
"George Muller of Bristol" by Arthur T. Pierson
Loud in her testimony, she delights in making her blessing known.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
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In poetry:

The testimonies of thy grace
I set before my eyes;
Thence I derive my daily strength,
And there my comfort lies.
"Psalm 119 part 3" by Isaac Watts
Testimony thou didst leave,
Seldom heard from infant's tongue;
Father, mother, do not grieve
For my loss, although so young.
"Lines On The Death Of A Child, J. W., Aged 11 Years." by Benjamin Cutler Clark
His country's weal his care and thought,
Beloved in peace was he;
Magnanimous in war--shall not
The nation grateful be,
And render at his burial spot
A testimonial free?
"At General Grant's Tomb" by Hattie Howard
Without humility and pride,
Let us recall ourselves in the night
from thread to thread,
And witness on rocks the zigzags of chalk
In which fragile testimony left its trace.
"Perhaps It's Time" by Tudor Arghezi
He was afraid, yet awful gladness reached
His soul: the testimony of the lost
Upbraided him; but while he trembled yet,
The heavenly child had lifted up its head
And left his arms, and on the marble floor
Stood beckoning.
"The Monitions of the Unseen" by Jean Ingelow
The breath of the remnant of Jacob shall praise Thee,
For with testimony confirmed Thou hast made him Thy witness
And keepest Thy covenant with him and Thy kindness;
Therefore shall he thank Thee on the day Thou hast appointed judgment.
"For A New Year's Day" by Shlomo ibn Gabirol

In news:

View full size Fredrick D. Joe/The Oregonian Oregon National Guard veteran Larry Roberta, collects himself in the hall after giving testimony at an Oregon House committee meeting in Salem in 2009.
Asbestos testimony ends with view from day care.
Defense team says hearsay testimony will be main grounds for appeal.
Linda & Richard Eyre : Make family testimony meetings a priority.
Testimony from both sides of the Metro Dairy feedlot expansion issue was heard Thursday by the Wright County Planning and Zoning Commission.
Jurors heard back-to-back testimony from four government witnesses today showing the Kilpatrick - 2:24 pm.
The trial for a Lincoln man continues this morning with testimony from the first officer on the scene.
Rice forcefully rebuts Clarke testimony.
Military Court Hears Abu Ghraib Testimony.
Gathering evidence and dramatizing testimony, Morris's movie circled around a single, unrepresentable event — the death of a cop on a lonely stretch of Texashighway.
Testimony to begin Tuesday afternoon.
Ryan Ferguson sits listening to testimony during his retrial hearing.
In testimony this week before the US Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, the American Water Works Assn.
An affidavit filed today in US District Court raises questions as to whether former DC Police Chief Charles H Ramsey may have committed perjury in his sworn testimony about the Pershing Park fiasco.
Most of day two of the trial was spent on Oxford's testimony.
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In science:

We remark that this is not a serious concern and if at all everything but a testimony to the impact of [FLM85].
A New Look at Composition of Authenticated Byzantine Generals
Collecting live testimonies of the pioneers, and preserving them for the future, seems timely given the impact supersymmetry has already produced on the development of particle physics.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
On the factual side it is much less comprehensive than Di Stefano’s, but it carries a distinctive flavor of the testimony of an eye witness.
Introduction to "The Supersymmetric World: The Beginnings of The Theory"
Figure 6 shows comparisons for two event shapes, the thrust and thrust ma jor, and the agreement is remarkable testimony to the ability of the event generators to reproduce the data.
Event shapes in e+e- annihilation and deep inelastic scattering
This conference provided vivid testimony to the importance of starbursts as keys to galaxy evolution and to the speed with which our understanding of them is being transformed by the flood of new data, especially at high redshifts.
Starbursts and Galaxy Evolution
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