Testaments

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Testament \Tes"ta*ment\, noun [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

testament

noun

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}, {testament}]

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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