Definitions for: Testament


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

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

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