noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English testimonie, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin testimonium Decalogue, from Latin, evidence, witness, from testis witness — more at testament Date: 14th century 1. a. (1) the tablets inscribed with the Mosaic law (2) the ark containing the tablets b. a divine decree attested in the Scriptures 2. a. firsthand authentication of a fact ; evidence b. an outward sign c. a solemn declaration usually made orally by a witness under oath in response to interrogation by a lawyer or authorized public official 3. a. an open acknowledgment b. a public profession of religious experience

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  • Testimony — Tes ti*mo*ny, v. t. To witness; to attest; to prove by testimony. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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