Testament Tes"ta*ment, n. [F., fr. L. testamentum, fr. testari to be a witness, to make one's last will, akin to testis a witness. Cf. {Intestate}, {Testify}.] 1. (Law) A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death. [1913 Webster]

Note: This is otherwise called a will, and sometimes a last will and testament. A testament, to be valid, must be made by a person of sound mind; and it must be executed and published in due form of law. A man, in certain cases, may make a valid will by word of mouth only. See {Nuncupative will}, under {Nuncupative}. [1913 Webster]

2. One of the two distinct revelations of God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the sacred Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed; as, the Old Testament; the New Testament; -- often limited, in colloquial language, to the latter. [1913 Webster]

He is the mediator of the new testament . . . for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament. --Heb. ix. 15. [1913 Webster]

{Holographic testament}, a testament written wholly by the testator himself. --Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • testament — [ tɛstamɑ̃ ] n. m. • 1120; lat. ecclés. testamentum, pour traduire le gr. diathêkê « disposition testamentaire, convention », et pour traduire l hébr. berith « alliance » I ♦ Relig. chrét. 1 ♦ Vx Alliance. « Ils ne sont point demeurés dans mon… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Testament — Тестамент …   Википедия

  • testament — Testament. s. m. Tesmoignage qu on laisse par escrit de sa derniere volonté. Testament passé devant Notaires. testament bon & valable. testament dicté mot à mot. testament clos & seellé. testament qui peche dans les formes. on est demeuré d… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • testament — TESTAMÉNT, testamente, s.n. 1. Act juridic unilateral, revocabil cât timp testatorul este în viaţă, prin care cineva îşi exprimă dorinţele ce urmează a i fi împlinite după moarte, mai cu seamă în legătură cu transmiterea averii sale. ♢ Testament… …   Dicționar Român

  • Testament — en 2008 Datos generales Nacimiento 1982 …   Wikipedia Español

  • testament — Testament, Testamentum. Testament noncupatif, Nuncupatum testamentum. Un testament noncupatif, ou autre derniere disposition noncupative: quand elle n est point escrite, mais seulement dicte de bouche, Nuncupata voluntas. Testament fait sans… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • testament — tes·ta·ment / tes tə mənt/ n [Latin testamentum, from testari to call as a witness, make a will, from testis witness] 1: an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death a testament of property 2: will ◇ A… …   Law dictionary

  • testament — [tes′tə mənt] n. [OFr < LL(Ec) testamentum, Testament (in N.T., transl. of Gr diathēkē, covenant) < L, a will < testari, to testify, make a will < testis, a witness: see TESTIFY] 1. Obs. a covenant, esp. one between God and man 2. [T… …   English World dictionary

  • testament — tes‧ta‧ment [ˈtestəmənt] noun [countable] LAW a will * * * testament UK US /ˈtestəmənt/ noun ► [C or U] proof that something exists or is true: be (a) testament to sth »These po …   Financial and business terms

  • Testament — Sn std. (15. Jh.) Entlehnung. Entlehnt aus l. tēstāmentum, Abstraktum zu l. tēstārī (tēstātus sum) bezeugen , zu l. tēstis m. Zeuge . Adjektiv: testamentarisch.    Ebenso nndl. testament, ne. testament, nfrz. testament, nschw. testamente, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”