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Meaning of TESTAMENT

Pronunciation:  'testumunt

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

TESTAMENT is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: will
 See Also: Bible, Book, codicil, credo, creed, devise, Good Book, Holy Scripture, Holy Writ, instrument, legal document, legal instrument, New Testament, official document, Old Testament, religious text, religious writing, sacred text, sacred writing, Scripture, testimonial, testimony, Word, Word of God



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Tes"ta*ment\, n. [F., fr. L. testamentum, fr. testari
to be a witness, to make one's last will, akin to testis a
witness. Cf. {Intestate}, {Testify}.]
1. (Law) A solemn, authentic instrument in writing, by which
   a person declares his will as to disposal of his estate
   and effects after his 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, in certain
      cases, may make a valid will by word of mouth only. See
      {Nuncupative will}, under {Nuncupative}.

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.

{Holographic testament}, a testament written wholly by the
   testator himself. --Bouvier.

Easton Bible Dictionary

occurs twelve times in the New Testament (Heb. 9:15, etc.) as the rendering of the Gr. diatheke, which is twenty times rendered "covenant" in the Authorized Version, and always so in the Revised Version. The Vulgate translates incorrectly by testamentum, whence the names "Old" and "New Testament," by which we now designate the two sections into which the Bible is divided. (See BIBLE.)