Witness

Definition of Witness

Wit´ness
n.1.
1.Attestation of a fact or an event; testimony.
May we with . . . the witness of a good conscience, pursue him with any further revenge?
- Shak.
If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
- John v. 31.
2.That which furnishes evidence or proof.
Laban said to Jacob, . . . This heap be witness, and this pillar be witness.
- Gen. xxxi. 51, 52.
3.One who is cognizant; a person who beholds, or otherwise has personal knowledge of, anything; as, an eyewitness; an earwitness.
Upon my looking round, I was witness to appearances which filled me with melancholy and regret.
- R. Hall.
4.(Law) One who testifies in a cause, or gives evidence before a judicial tribunal; as, the witness in court agreed in all essential facts.
Privileged witnesses
(Law) See under Privileged.
With a witness
effectually; to a great degree; with great force, so as to leave some mark as a testimony.
This, I confess, is haste with a witness.
- South.
v. t.1.To see or know by personal presence; to have direct cognizance of.
This is but a faint sketch of the incalculable calamities and horrors we must expect, should we ever witness the triumphs of modern infidelity.
- R. Hall.
General Washington did not live to witness the restoration of peace.
- Marshall.
2.To give testimony to; to testify to; to attest.
Behold how many things they witness against thee.
- Mark xv. 4.
3.(Law) To see the execution of, as an instrument, and subscribe it for the purpose of establishing its authenticity; as, to witness a bond or a deed.
v. i.1.To bear testimony; to give evidence; to testify.
The men of Belial witnessed against him.
- 1 Kings xxi. 13.
The witnessing of the truth was then so generally attended with this event [martyrdom] that martyrdom now signifies not only to witness, but to witness to death.
- South.

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