Definition of testament noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtestəmənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtestəmənt//
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular, uncountable] testament (to something) a thing that shows that something else exists or is true synonym testimony The new model is a testament to the skill and dedication of the workforce.
  2. 2[countable] = will This is the last will and testament of… see also New Testament, Old Testament
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin testamentum ‘a will’ (from testari ‘testify’), in Christian Latin also translating Greek diathēkē ‘covenant’.Extra examples That so many people came is (a) testament to her powers of persuasion. The crumbling ruins bear mute testament to the ravages of war. The decline of the port is sad testament to the state of the shipping industry. The immaculate state of the garden bears testament to a lifetime’s effort. The monument is a worthy testament to the courage of the men who fought in the war.
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