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



    BrE BrE//ˈtestɪməni//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtestɪmoʊni//
    (pl. testimonies) Legal documents
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] testimony (to something) (formal) a thing that shows that something else exists or is true synonym testament This increase in exports bears testimony to the successes of industry. The pyramids are an eloquent testimony to the ancient Egyptians' engineering skills.
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] a formal written or spoken statement saying what you know to be true, usually in court a sworn testimony Her claim was supported by the testimony of several witnesses. Can I refuse to give testimony? See related entries: Legal documents
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin testimonium, from testis ‘a witness’.Extra examples Her testimony was corroborated by the other witnesses. His thick, swollen fingers bore testimony to a lifetime of toil. In testimony before the Crown Court, she described her movements on the day of the murder. The court heard her testimony against the accused. The government was able to compel his testimony. The witness was called to give oral testimony about the incident outside the theatre. Witnesses were called to give testimony about the effects of smoking. a transcript of the trial testimony his testimony before a Senate committee The pyramids are an eloquent testimony to the ancient Egyptians’ engineering skills. This increase in imports bears testimony to the successes of industry.
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