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1 a profession of belief; "he stated his political testament"
2 a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die [syn: will]
3 strong evidence for something; "his easy victory was a testament to his skill"
4 either of the two main parts of the Christian Bible

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  • SAMPA: /"tEst@m@nt/


  1. (Law) A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which a person declares his or her will as to disposal of his or her estate and effects after his or her death.
    Note: This is otherwise called a will, and sometimes a last will and testament. A testament, to be valid, must be made by a person of sound mind; and it must be executed and published in due form of law. A man or woman, in certain cases, may make a valid will by word of mouth only. See , under .
  2. 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.
    He is the mediator of the new testament . . . for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament. --Heb. IX. 15.


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document containing a person's will
  • Czech: závěť, poslední vůle
  • Danish: testamente
  • German: Testament
  • Polish: testament
  • Russian: завет (zav'ét)
part of the Bible




  1. will (legal document)


Extensive Definition

A testament is a document that the author has sworn to be true.
Testament can refer to:
testament in German: Testament (Begriffsklärung)
testament in Estonian: Testament (täpsustus)
testament in French: Testament
testament in Korean: 테스터먼트
testament in Dutch: Testament
testament in Japanese: テスタメント
testament in Norwegian: Testament (andre betydninger)
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