testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈte-stə-mənt \

Definition of testament

1a : a tangible proof or tribute
b : an expression of conviction : creed
2a : an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death
b : will
3a capitalized : either of two main divisions of the Bible
b archaic : a covenant between God and the human race

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Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌte-​stə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē , -​ˈmen-​trē \ adjective

Examples of testament in a Sentence

The success of the album, which is only available online, is a testament to the power of the Internet. a person's last will and testament

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Clothes may make the proverbial man, but this year’s most buzzed-about Golden Globe actresses are a testament to the transformative power of hair and makeup. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Best On-Screen Beauty Transformations from The 2019 Golden Globes," 3 Jan. 2019 The personality evident in many of Brodsky’s tattoos is a testament to the art form’s power. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "A Tattoo Artist's Guide to Your First Tattoo," 2 Jan. 2019 This is testament to something Mr. Irwin has identified in two centuries of American trade policy: Both protectionism and free trade breed powerful constituencies invested in the status quo. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018 But critics say such roads remain testaments to outdated auto-centric planning. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Traffic engineers struggle to curb pedestrian deaths," 19 June 2018 Visual testament is provided by the hundreds of migrants — men and women, the old and the young — who stage each day along the international line in San Diego, waiting to slip into California and its promise of jobs. Scott Harrison, latimes.com, "From the Archives: Light Up the Border protests," 10 May 2018 But the products of his grotesque imagination, which fixed on anything smelly, phony, hollow, haphazard, askance or asymmetrical, remain testaments to humor’s revelatory power. Julian Lucas, New York Times, "The Russian Comic Writer Who’s an Antidote to Mad Times," 2 May 2018 Her track record is a testament to her special tenacity, but also to how incredibly resilient humans can be. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s incredible ability to bounce back," 14 Dec. 2018 His account is a testament to the rugged determination of American soldiers to survive and overcome the enemy. Robert Kershaw, WSJ, "Five Best: Robert Kershaw on the Best Accounts of D-Day," 14 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of testament

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3b

History and Etymology for testament

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin & Latin; Late Latin testamentum covenant with God, holy scripture, from Latin, last will, from testari to be a witness, call to witness, make a will, from testis witness; akin to Latin tres three & to Latin stare to stand; from the witness's standing by as a third party in a litigation — more at three, stand

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The first known use of testament was in the 14th century

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testament

noun

English Language Learners Definition of testament

: proof or evidence that something exists or is true

law : the legal instructions in which you say who should receive your property, possessions, etc., after you die

testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈte-stə-mənt \

Kids Definition of testament

1 : either of two main parts ( Old Testament and New Testament ) of the Bible

testament

noun
tes·​ta·​ment | \ ˈtes-tə-mənt \

Legal Definition of testament

1 : an act by which a person determines the disposition of his or her property after death a testament of property
2 : will

Note: A testament was formerly concerned specifically with personal property, as in the phrase last will and testament. Now a will covers both personal and real property and the terms will and testament are generally synonymous, but the phrase lives on.

Other Words from testament

testamentary \ ˌtes-​tə-​ˈmen-​tə-​rē \ adjective

History and Etymology for testament

Latin testamentum, from testari to call as a witness, make a will, from testis witness

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