n. pl. tes·ti·mo·nies
a. A declaration by a witness under oath, as that given before a court or deliberative body.
b. All such declarations, spoken or written, offered in a legal case or deliberative hearing.
2. Evidence in support of a fact or assertion; proof.
3. A public declaration regarding a religious experience.
a. In the Bible, the stone tablets inscribed with the Ten Commandments.
b. The ark containing these tablets.
[Middle English, from Old French testimonie, from Latin testimōnium, from testis, witness; see TESTIFY.]
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