Definition of testimony in US English:



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

    • ‘Experts would make jurors and trial judges overly skeptical and inclined to reject the testimony of eyewitnesses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A strong case, according to this view, includes the testimony of an eyewitness.’
    • ‘The court, thus, preferred the card-holder's testimony to the evidence based on computer printouts.’
    • ‘Hearst was an accomplice; by law, her uncorroborated testimony was not enough on which to build a case.’
    • ‘At trial, there was a common theme in the testimony of the various plaintiffs.’
    • ‘Eyewitness testimony, however, directly contradicts their version of events.’
    • ‘At the first session in September the court heard the testimony of the two experts.’
    • ‘Conviction for treason needed the testimony in open court of two witnesses to the same overt act.’
    • ‘On the other hand, there is a serious discrepancy in the testimony of the defendant that is troublesome on the issue of credibility.’
    • ‘Even the survivors themselves began to speak, their testimonies filmed for archival purposes.’
    • ‘In his testimony in Court, Aleksiejuk reiterated much of his medical notes and letters.’
    • ‘The attorneys also take issue with Judge Dembe's ruling on the testimony of court reporter Terri Carter.’
    • ‘Whether the prosecution should have been allowed to use his testimony is a harder question.’
    • ‘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 another unusual move, although not unprecedented, the prosecution offered no rebuttal to the defense testimony.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In his court testimony Mr. Hughes was asked about windows open in the basement.’
    evidence, sworn statement, attestation, affidavit
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    1. 1.1 Evidence or proof provided by the existence or appearance of something.
      ‘his blackened finger was testimony to the fact that he had played in pain’
      • ‘It is testimony to how persistent efforts of residents could lead to visible and desirable changes in the neighbourhood.’
      • ‘The teams that have won All-Irelands are testimony to the value of having a consistent place kicker among their ranks.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The pictures of Gandhi, created with dots and stencil print, stand testimony to the artistic acumen of these students.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This film stands as vital testimony to the crucial work Dominique did - a beautiful and eloquent documentary.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Campaigners said all three breakthroughs were testimony to Scotland's position in the forefront of international cancer research.’
      • ‘The fact that he picked up votes right across the constituency and across the political divide is testimony to his popularity.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Chief executive Paul Ellis said the results were testimony to how healthy growth and concern for the environment could go hand-in-hand.’
      • ‘The museum at the department and several other achievements are testimony to Dr. Narayanan's proficiency.’
      • ‘There is no greater testimony to Ross Schipp's management skills than his guidance through our recent merger.’
      • ‘It is a complex richness of experience to which his plays bear eloquent testimony.’
      • ‘It is testimony to Flockhart's success that he supplies nearly 90% of the offices there.’
      • ‘Their lack of visibility is testimony to the condition of the former ruling party as an army in retreat from its political responsibilities.’
      testament, proof, evidence, attestation, witness
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    2. 1.2 A public recounting of a religious conversion or experience.
      • ‘Only one girl's testimony strayed from the area of religious observances and liturgical practices.’
      • ‘Nor does it justify the emergence of a new religion based upon only this unverifiable testimony.’
      • ‘The significance of testimony bespeaks the emphasis placed on conversion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is difficult to devise criteria for evaluating religious testimony, but some rules of thumb may be proposed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But he has no conversion testimony and does not attribute his conversion to anything that might make me feel he is genuinely converted.’
      • ‘In both cases, testimony functions as a public affirmation of participation in the church community.’
      • ‘On occasion a convert chose to fulfill the requisite testimony after conversion by composing a song.’
      • ‘Those who take Bayle to be a religious skeptic discount this testimony as dissimulation.’
      • ‘And, of course, he is not left wanting for such testimony, for religious communities seem to serve just this sort of function.’
      • ‘Individual variety might be funnelled into apparent consensus: the conversion testimony is an example.’
      • ‘Reference to Hebrew terms could have been used to illustrate the beauty and poetic style of the original spoken testimonies.’
      • ‘There's several different roles for testimony in religion I think.’
      • ‘With a declarative force, Garrett Hongo makes a call to witness, a call to public attention and testimony.’
      • ‘Those who eventually become baptized are required to give a public testimony.’
    3. 1.3archaic A solemn protest or declaration.


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