bear witness


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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.bear witness - provide evidence for; "The blood test showed that he was the father"; "Her behavior testified to her incompetence"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
attest, certify, evidence, manifest, demonstrate - provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes; "His high fever attested to his illness"; "The buildings in Rome manifest a high level of architectural sophistication"; "This decision demonstrates his sense of fairness"
inform - impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to; "I informed him of his rights"
presume - constitute reasonable evidence for; "A restaurant bill presumes the consumption of food"
abduce, adduce, cite - advance evidence for
2.bear witness - give testimony in a court of lawbear witness - give testimony in a court of law  
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
declare - state emphatically and authoritatively; "He declared that he needed more money to carry out the task he was charged with"
vouch - give personal assurance; guarantee; "Will he vouch for me?"
Translations
يَشْهَد، يُؤَدّي الشَّهادَه
bevidne
tanúsít
bera vitni, vitna
tanıklık/şahitlik yapmak

witness

(ˈwitnəs) noun
1. a person who has seen or was present at an event etc and so has direct knowledge of it. Someone must have seen the accident but the police can find no witnesses.
2. a person who gives evidence, especially in a law court.
3. a person who adds his signature to a document to show that he considers another signature on the document to be genuine. You cannot sign your will without witnesses.
verb
1. to see and be present at. This lady witnessed an accident at three o'clock this afternoon.
2. to sign one's name to show that one knows that (something) is genuine. He witnessed my signature on the new agreement.
ˈwitness-box / ˈwitness-stand noun
the stand from which a witness gives evidence in a court of law.
bear witness
to give evidence. She will bear witness to his honesty.
References in classic literature ?
I won't bear witness till I've taken off my bonnet, and put my hair tidy
I bear witness, in the most disinterested manner, to the excellence of the stratagem by which this unparalleled woman surprised the private interview between Percival and myself-- also to the marvellous accuracy of her report of the whole conversation from its beginning to its end.
But it will be owing only to your labors, and the fearless efforts of those who, trampling the laws and Constitution of the country under their feet, are determined that they will "hide the out- cast," and that their hearths shall be, spite of the law, an asylum for the oppressed, if, some time or other, the humblest may stand in our streets, and bear witness in safety against the cruelties of which he has been the victim.
What is to be done with the millions of facts that bear witness that men, consciously, that is fully understanding their real interests, have left them in the background and have rushed headlong on another path, to meet peril and danger, compelled to this course by nobody and by nothing, but, as it were, simply disliking the beaten track, and have obstinately, wilfully, struck out another difficult, absurd way, seeking it almost in the darkness.
But if two was no better than one, as you said so yourself and as Grimshaw will bear witness, then three was no better than two except for an expense.
The poor man, who bore on his face many more visible marks of the indignation of his wife, stood in silent astonishment at this accusation; which the reader will, I believe, bear witness for him, had greatly exceeded the truth; for indeed he had not struck her once; and this silence being interpreted to be a confession of the charge by the whole court, they all began at once,
Rebecca was asked to bear witness to a state of mind or feeling of whose existence she had only the vaguest consciousness.
On perceiving it the curate begged the notary to bear witness that Alonso Quixano the Good, commonly called Don Quixote of La Mancha, had passed away from this present life, and died naturally; and said he desired this testimony in order to remove the possibility of any other author save Cide Hamete Benengeli bringing him to life again falsely and making interminable stories out of his achievements.
And if ever Barbicane should see the earth again, his notes will bear witness to this great fact in his selenographic observations.
The whole tenor of your quiet and reproachless life since you were last here,' returned Mr Haredale, mildly, 'shall bear witness for you.
Nor, in some things, does the common, hereditary experience of all mankind fail to bear witness to the supernaturalism of this hue.
Outside, the stately oaks, rooted for ages in the green ground which has never known ploughshare, but was still a chase when kings rode to battle with sword and shield and rode a-hunting with bow and arrow, bear witness to his greatness.