Testimony

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In law and in religion, testimony is a solemn attestation as to the truth of a matter. The words "testimony" and "testify" both derive from the Latin word testis, referring to the notion of a disinterested third-party witness.[1][2]

Law[change | change source]

In the law, testimony is a form of evidence given by a witness who makes a solemn statement or declaration of fact. Testimony may be spoken or written. It is usually made by oath or affirmation under penalty of perjury.

Religion[change | change source]

Christians in general, especially within the Evangelical tradition, use the term "to testify" or "to give one's testimony" to mean "to tell the story of how one became a Christian".

References[change | change source]

  1. Harper, Douglas. "testify". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 25 January 2012.
  2. Harper, Douglas. "testimony". Online Etymology Dictionary. Retrieved 25 January 2012.