What does Testament mean?

Definitions for Testament
ˈtɛs tə mənttes·ta·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. testamentnoun

    a profession of belief

    "he stated his political testament"

  2. will, testamentnoun

    a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

  3. testamentnoun

    strong evidence for something

    "his easy victory was a testament to his skill"

  4. Testamentnoun

    either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible


  1. testamentnoun

    A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his or her will as to disposal of his or her inheritance (estate and effects) after his or her death, benefiting specified heir(s).

  2. testamentnoun

    One of the two distinct revelations of the Judeo-Christian God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the Biblical Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed: the Old Testament and the New Testament; -- often limited, in colloquial language, to the latter.

    He is the mediator of the new testament ... for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament. --Heb. IX. 15.

  3. testamentnoun

    A tangible proof or tribute.

  4. testamentnoun

    A credo, expression of conviction

    The prime minister's speech was a glowing testament to the cabinet's undying commitment to the royal cause

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TESTAMENTnoun

    Etymology: testament. Fr. testamentum, Lat.

    He bringeth arguments from the love which always the testator bore him, imagining that these, or the like proofs, will convict a testament to have that in it which other men can nowhere by reading find. Richard Hooker, b. iii.

    All the temporal lands, which men devout
    By testament have given to the church,
    Would they strip from us. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    He ordained by his last testament, that his Æneis should be burnt. Dryden.


  1. testament

    A testament is a document or statement that serves as a tangible proof or evidence of something. In legal terms, it often refers to a person's will, expressing their wishes on the distribution of their property and belongings after their death. In a religious context, it can refer to a division of the Christian Bible, as in the Old and New Testament.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Testamentnoun

    a solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate and effects after his death

  2. Testamentnoun

    one of the two distinct revelations of God's purposes toward man; a covenant; also, one of the two general divisions of the canonical books of the sacred Scriptures, in which the covenants are respectively revealed; as, the Old Testament; the New Testament; -- often limited, in colloquial language, to the latter


  1. Testament

    Testament is an American thrash metal band from Berkeley, California, who formed in 1983. They are often credited as one of the most popular bands of the 1980s thrash metal scene. In the 30 years since its inception, Testament has had numerous lineup changes, and guitarist Eric Peterson has been the only constant member, although the band currently also features two of its original members, Alex Skolnick and Greg Christian. Chuck Billy replaced former singer Steve Souza in 1986, prior to the recording of their first studio album, The Legacy, and has been a member of the band since. To date, Testament has released ten studio albums, four live albums, six compilation albums, and six singles. After signing a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1986, they released their debut album The Legacy in 1987 to critical acclaim. Many of their later albums — The New Order, Practice What You Preach, Souls of Black, The Ritual and The Formation of Damnation — were also successful. Testament's most recent studio album, Dark Roots of Earth, entered the Billboard 200 at number twelve, their highest U.S. chart position so far. During the soundscan era, from 1991 to 2004, Testament sold over 1.1 million albums in the U.S.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Testament

    tes′ta-ment, n. that which testifies, or in which an attestation is made: the solemn declaration in writing of one's will: a will: a dispensation, as of the Mosaic or old and the Christian or new, one of the two great divisions of the Bible.—n. Tes′tacy, state of being testate.—adjs. Testamen′tal, Testamen′tary, pertaining to a testament or will: bequeathed or done by will.—adv. Testamen′tarily.—adj. Tes′tāte, having made and left a will.—ns. Testā′tion, a witnessing, a giving by will; Testā′tor, one who leaves a will;—fem. Testā′trix; Testā′tum, one of the clauses of an English deed, enumerating the operative words of transfer, statement of consideration, money, &c. [L. testamentumtestāri, to be a witness—testis, a witness.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Testament' in Nouns Frequency: #2597

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Testament in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Testament in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Testament in a Sentence

  1. De Beers:

    The fact that we performed well in 2014, a year that has been difficult for many of Anglo's other businesses because of (weak) commodity prices really is a testament to the diversified business model that Anglo has, i hope those other commodities start to do better.

  2. Ernest Fremont Title:

    The New Testament makes it abundantly clear that whenever the Kingdom of God was concerned Jesus was absolutely uncompromising, even when he realized that for him personally the alternative to compromise was crucifixion.

  3. Richard Dawkins:

    The God of the Old testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction...

  4. Robert Jeffress:

    When Christians act violently they are acting in opposition to the teachings of their founder, Jesus Christ, they cannot cite a single verse in the New Testament that calls for violence against unbelievers. On the other hand, radical Islamists can point to a number of verses in the Koran calling for Muslims to ‘crucify the infidels.’.

  5. Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason:

    What is it the Bible teaches us? - rapine, cruelty, and murder. What is it the Testament teaches us? - to believe that the Almighty committed debauchery with a woman engaged to be married, and the belief of this debauchery is called faith.

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