Testimony vs Oath - What's the difference?

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In legal|lang=en terms the difference between testimony and oath

is that testimony is (legal) statements made by a witness in court while oath is (legal) an affirmation of the truth of a statement.

As nouns the difference between testimony and oath

is that testimony is (legal) statements made by a witness in court while oath is a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king, or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract.

As a verb oath is

(archaic) to pledge.

testimony

Alternative forms

* testimonie (obsolete)

Noun

(testimonies)
  • (legal) statements made by a witness in court.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , date = 21 August 2012 , first = Ed , last = Pilkington , title = Death penalty on trial: should Reggie Clemons live or die? , newspaper = The Guardian , url = http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/aug/21/death-penalty-trial-reggie-clemons?newsfeed=true , page = , passage = The Missouri prosecutors' case against Clemons, based partly on incriminating testimony given by his co-defendants, was that Clemons was part of a group of four youths who accosted the sisters on the Chain of Rocks Bridge one dark night in April 1991. }}
  • An account of first-hand experience.
  • * Milton
  • [Thou] for the testimony of truth, hast borne / Universal reproach.
  • In a church service, a personal account, such as of one's conversion.
  • Witness; evidence; proof of some fact.
  • * Bible Mark vi. 11
  • When ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them.

    Derived terms

    * compel testimony * testimonial

    oath

    English

    (wikipedia oath)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A solemn pledge or promise to a god, king, or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract
  • * 1924 , Aristotle, Metaphysics , Translated by W. D. Ross. Nashotah, Wisconsin, USA: The Classical Library, 2001. Available at: . Book 1, Part 3.
  • for they made Ocean and Tethys the parents of creation, and described the oath of the gods as being by water,
  • The affirmed statement or promise accepted as equivalent to an oath .
  • A light or insulting use of a solemn pledge or promise to a god, king or another person, to attest to the truth of a statement or contract the name of a deity in a profanity, as in swearing oaths .
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-06-14, author= Sam Leith
  • , volume=189, issue=1, page=37, magazine=(The Guardian Weekly) , title= Where the profound meets the profane , passage=Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths'. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "' oaths " and "swearing" itself.}}
  • A curse.
  • (legal) An affirmation of the truth of a statement.
  • Synonyms

  • pledge, vow, avowal
  • Derived terms

    * oathbound * oathbreaker * oathless * under oath

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • (archaic) to pledge
  • shouting out (as in 'oathing obsenities')
  • Anagrams

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