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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. Larry McDonald:

    That's testament to the resilience of the bulls. It's a sign that the bulls are fighting and buying the dips. But when that breaks, that's when you get the big downdraft. We haven't had that since 2011.

  2. Bruce Wells:

    My hunch on the Ditka quote is that it comes from a quirk of the King James translation, ancient Hebrew had a particular way of saying things like, 'and the next thing that happened was...' The King James translators of the Old Testament consistently rendered this as 'and it came to pass.' '' When phantom Bible passages turn dangerous People may get verses wrong, but they also mangle plenty of well-known biblical stories as well. Two examples: The scripture never says a whale swallowed Jonah, the Old Testament prophet, nor did any New Testament passages say that three wise men visited baby Jesus, scholars say. Those details may seem minor, but scholars say one popular phantom Bible story stands above the rest: The Genesis story about the fall of humanity. Most people know the popular version - Satan in the guise of a serpent tempts Eve to pick the forbidden apple from the Tree of Life. It's been downhill ever since. But the story in the book of Genesis never places Satan in the Garden of Eden.

  3. Brian Littrell:

    … You know, I think our fans have proven to us over the years, it’s a true testament to longevity in the career world of today because it’s hard to have hit after hit after hit. there's kind of more ways to get in trouble now as an artist, but that rise to fame is so instant now with YouTube, with Twitter, Instagram and all that stuff.

  4. David Michaels:

    The tablet's significance is testament to the deep roots and enduring power of the Commandments that still form the basis of three of the world's great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

  5. John Boehner:

    There is a reason President McKinley's name has served atop the highest peak in North America for more than 100 years, and that is because it is a testament to his great legacy.

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