Definition of testimony in English:



  • 1A formal written or spoken statement, especially one given in a court of law.

    ‘the testimony of an eyewitness’
    • ‘Even the survivors themselves began to speak, their testimonies filmed for archival purposes.’
    • ‘The attorneys also take issue with Judge Dembe's ruling on the testimony of court reporter Terri Carter.’
    • ‘At the first session in September the court heard the testimony of the two experts.’
    • ‘Hearst was an accomplice; by law, her uncorroborated testimony was not enough on which to build a case.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is a serious discrepancy in the testimony of the defendant that is troublesome on the issue of credibility.’
    • ‘Eyewitness testimony, however, directly contradicts their version of events.’
    • ‘In his court testimony Mr. Hughes was asked about windows open in the basement.’
    • ‘A strong case, according to this view, includes the testimony of an eyewitness.’
    • ‘According to the court, the testimonies of Shields' friends that he was asleep in his room did not correspond to each other in terms of time, place and other details.’
    • ‘Conviction for treason needed the testimony in open court of two witnesses to the same overt act.’
    • ‘In another unusual move, although not unprecedented, the prosecution offered no rebuttal to the defense testimony.’
    • ‘The criticisms of his testimony and the points derived from the documentation are not, in my view, of sufficient force to cause me to reject that evidence.’
    • ‘In his testimony in Court, Aleksiejuk reiterated much of his medical notes and letters.’
    • ‘The court, thus, preferred the card-holder's testimony to the evidence based on computer printouts.’
    • ‘In practice witnesses testifying in court are very often asked simply whether they confirm the testimony they gave to the investigating judge.’
    • ‘However, he also held that the expert testimony in question in the case was only of a personal view and not indicative of whether a responsible body of opinion would agree.’
    • ‘They said that this was a very simple case, that it would only involve a fine and they would help me write the testimony and so on.’
    • ‘At trial, there was a common theme in the testimony of the various plaintiffs.’
    • ‘Experts would make jurors and trial judges overly skeptical and inclined to reject the testimony of eyewitnesses.’
    • ‘Whether the prosecution should have been allowed to use his testimony is a harder question.’
    evidence, sworn statement, attestation, affidavit
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    1. 1.1mass noun Evidence or proof of something.
      ‘his blackened finger was testimony to the fact that he had played in pain’
      • ‘The museum at the department and several other achievements are testimony to Dr. Narayanan's proficiency.’
      • ‘Chief executive Paul Ellis said the results were testimony to how healthy growth and concern for the environment could go hand-in-hand.’
      • ‘Just outside the town centre is a business park that is living testimony to Stirling's growing reputation as an ideal location to set up headquarters.’
      • ‘Campaigners said all three breakthroughs were testimony to Scotland's position in the forefront of international cancer research.’
      • ‘This film stands as vital testimony to the crucial work Dominique did - a beautiful and eloquent documentary.’
      • ‘It is a complex richness of experience to which his plays bear eloquent testimony.’
      • ‘The teams that have won All-Irelands are testimony to the value of having a consistent place kicker among their ranks.’
      • ‘The fact that he picked up votes right across the constituency and across the political divide is testimony to his popularity.’
      • ‘The birds were not to be seen, but Futehally spotted white markings on a rock, testimony to the fact that they still lived where he had last seen them.’
      • ‘The sheer variety of words and phrases which can be used to describe the condition of not being sober is testimony to its cultural importance.’
      • ‘It is testimony to how persistent efforts of residents could lead to visible and desirable changes in the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘His increasing participation in musical concerts and music conferences has been testimony to his growing popularity.’
      • ‘Hume does not tell us what conditions would raise the quality of testimony to the level of a proof, although what he says later yields some hints.’
      • ‘It is testimony to the spirit the coach has engendered in his side that the home team recovered to win the second half and end up just one converted try behind a team that was supposed to win at a canter.’
      • ‘Large crowds attended the funeral ceremonies in Headford and they bore ample testimony to the respect in which he was held by so many people.’
      • ‘They may not be as noticeable as other buildings owned by the church, but their size and quality are testimony to the standing and authority the local minister once had.’
      • ‘Their lack of visibility is testimony to the condition of the former ruling party as an army in retreat from its political responsibilities.’
      • ‘There is no greater testimony to Ross Schipp's management skills than his guidance through our recent merger.’
      • ‘It is testimony to Flockhart's success that he supplies nearly 90% of the offices there.’
      • ‘The pictures of Gandhi, created with dots and stencil print, stand testimony to the artistic acumen of these students.’
      testament, proof, evidence, attestation, witness
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    2. 1.2 A public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.
      • ‘Reference to Hebrew terms could have been used to illustrate the beauty and poetic style of the original spoken testimonies.’
      • ‘Nor does it justify the emergence of a new religion based upon only this unverifiable testimony.’
      • ‘In both cases, testimony functions as a public affirmation of participation in the church community.’
      • ‘Those who eventually become baptized are required to give a public testimony.’
      • ‘Only one girl's testimony strayed from the area of religious observances and liturgical practices.’
      • ‘We need to read the letters of Paul before we read the gospels, and we need to read the gospels as testimonies of faith written to settle disputes within the early church.’
      • ‘There's several different roles for testimony in religion I think.’
      • ‘It is difficult to devise criteria for evaluating religious testimony, but some rules of thumb may be proposed.’
      • ‘With a declarative force, Garrett Hongo makes a call to witness, a call to public attention and testimony.’
      • ‘And, of course, he is not left wanting for such testimony, for religious communities seem to serve just this sort of function.’
      • ‘He was converted mainly through the testimony of a fellow carpenter, who witnessed to him at work and cried to God over his soul in prayer at home.’
      • ‘The significance of testimony bespeaks the emphasis placed on conversion.’
      • ‘Those who take Bayle to be a religious skeptic discount this testimony as dissimulation.’
      • ‘But he has no conversion testimony and does not attribute his conversion to anything that might make me feel he is genuinely converted.’
      • ‘On occasion a convert chose to fulfill the requisite testimony after conversion by composing a song.’
      • ‘Individual variety might be funnelled into apparent consensus: the conversion testimony is an example.’
    3. 1.3archaic A solemn protest or declaration.


Middle English: from Latin testimonium, from testis ‘a witness’.