testament


testament
testament [tes′tə mənt]
n.
[OFr < LL(Ec) testamentum, Testament (in N.T., transl. of Gr diathēkē, covenant) < L, a will < testari, to testify, make a will < testis, a witness: see TESTIFY]
1. Obs. a covenant, esp. one between God and man
2. [T-]
a) either of the two parts of the Christian Bible, the Old Testament and the New Testament
b) Informal a copy of the New Testament
3.
a) a statement, act, etc. testifying to the fact, validity, or worth of something; testimonial [a testament to liberty]
b) an affirmation of beliefs or convictions; profession [a freethinker's testament]
4. Law a will: now rare except in the phrase last will and testament
testamentary [tes΄ təmen′tə rē]
adj.
testamental

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