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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Testimony  \Tes"ti*mo*ny\,  n.;  pl  {Testimonies}.  [L. 
  testimonium  from  testis  a  witness:  cf  OF  testimoine 
  testemoine  testimonie.  See  {Testify}.] 
  1.  A  solemn  declaration  or  affirmation  made  for  the  purpose 
  of  establishing  or  proving  some  fact 
  Note:  Such  declaration,  in  judicial  proceedings,  may  be 
  verbal  or  written,  but  must  be  under  oath  or 
  2.  Affirmation;  declaration;  as  these  doctrines  are 
  supported  by  the  uniform  testimony  of  the  fathers;  the 
  belief  of  past  facts  must  depend  on  the  evidence  of  human 
  testimony,  or  the  testimony  of  historians. 
  3.  Open  attestation;  profession. 
  [Thou]  for  the  testimony  of  truth,  hast  borne 
  Universal  reproach.  --Milton. 
  4.  Witness;  evidence;  proof  of  some  fact 
  When  ye  depart  thence,  shake  off  the  dust  under  your 
  feet  for  a  testimony  against  them  --Mark  vi  11. 
  5.  (Jewish  Antiq.)  The  two  tables  of  the  law. 
  Thou  shalt  put  into  the  ark  the  testimony  which  I 
  shall  give  thee.  --Ex.  xxv.  16. 
  6.  Hence  the  whole  divine  revelation;  the  sacre?  Scriptures. 
  The  testimony  of  the  Lord  is  sure  making  wise  the 
  simple.  --Ps.  xix.  7. 
  Syn:  Proof;  evidence;  attestation;  witness;  affirmation; 
  confirmation;  averment. 
  Usage:  {Testimony},  {Proof},  {Evidence}.  Proof  is  the  most 
  familiar,  and  is  used  more  frequently  (though  not 
  exclusively)  of  facts  and  things  which  occur  in  the 
  ordinary  concerns  of  life.  Evidence  is  a  word  of  more 
  dignity,  and  is  more  generally  applied  to  that  which 
  is  moral  or  intellectual;  as  the  evidences  of 
  Christianity,  etc  Testimony  is  what  is  deposed  to  by 
  a  witness  on  oath  or  affirmation.  When  used 
  figuratively  or  in  a  wider  sense  the  word  testimony 
  has  still  a  reference  to  some  living  agent  as  its 
  author,  as  when  we  speak  of  the  testimony  of 
  conscience,  or  of  doing  a  thing  in  testimony  of  our 
  affection,  etc  Testimony  refers  rather  to  the  thing 
  declared,  evidence  to  its  value  or  effect.  ``To 
  conform  our  language  more  to  common  use  we  ought  to 
  divide  arguments  into  demonstrations,  proofs,  and 
  probabilities;  ba  proofs,  meaning  such  arguments  from 
  experience  as  leave  no  room  for  doubt  or  opposition.'' 
  --Hume.  ``The  evidence  of  sense  is  the  first  and 
  highest  kind  of  evidence  of  which  human  nature  is 
  capable.''  --Bp.  Wilkins.  ``The  proof  of  everything 
  must  be  by  the  testimony  of  such  as  the  parties 
  produce.''  --Spenser. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Testimony  \Tes"ti*mo*ny\,  v.  t. 
  To  witness;  to  attest;  to  prove  by  testimony.  [Obs.]  --Shak. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  1:  a  solemn  statement  made  under  oath 
  2:  an  assertion  offering  firsthand  authentication  of  a  fact 
  "according  to  his  own  testimony  he  can't  do  it" 
  3:  something  that  serves  as  evidence;  "his  effort  was  testimony 
  to  his  devotion"  [syn:  {testimonial}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (1.)  Witness  or  evidence  (2  Thess.  1:10). 
  (2.)  The  Scriptures,  as  the  revelation  of  God's  will  (2  Kings 
  11:12;  Ps  19:7;  119:88;  Isa.  8:16,  20). 
  (3.)  The  altar  raised  by  the  Gadites  and  Reubenites  (Josh. 

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