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Witness appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Evil assent I won, Eva, else Popes leave no witness alive.
  • No witness, a fool. A nasal aria's time emits air. Alas, an aloof assent: I won.
  • "No mis-sent ewes’ rows sent!" I wailed, "Delia, witness worse wetness I’m on!"
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun witness:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb witness:

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Definition of the noun witness

What does witness mean as a name of something?

noun - plural:

  • witness: witnesses
  • Witness: Witnesses

  1. someone who sees an event and reports what happened
  2. a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
  3. testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: testimony = a solemn statement made under oath
    • more specific word: shahadah = the first pillar of Islam is an affirmation of faith
  4. (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature
  5. (law) a person who testifies under oath in a court of law
    • domain: jurisprudence / law
    • lexical domain: People - nouns denoting people
    • more generic words: individual / mortal / person / somebody / someone / soul = a human being
    • more specific terms:
      • adverse witness / hostile witness = a witness whose relationship to the opposing party is such that his or her testimony may be prejudiced against the opposing party
      • character witness = a witness who testifies under oath as to the good reputation of another person in the community where that person lives
      • expert witness = a witness who has knowledge not normally possessed by the average person concerning the topic that he is to testify about
      • lay witness = any witness who does not testify as an expert witness
      • material witness = a witness whose testimony is both relevant to the matter at issue and required in order to resolve the matter

Alternative definition of the noun witness


  1. Attestation of a fact or event.
  2. One who has a personal knowledge of something.
  3. Someone called to give evidence in a court.
  4. Something that serves as evidence; a sign.

Specialised definition of the noun witness

Glossary of justice

a person who gives evidence, either by way of a written statement or orally in court

Definition of the verb witness

What does witness mean as a doing word?

Witness is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: witnessed | witnessing | witnesses

  1. be a witness to
  2. perceive or be contemporaneous with


  1. "Witness" is a 1985 American thriller film directed by Peter Weir and starring Harrison Ford and Kelly McGillis. The screenplay by William Kelley, Pamela Wallace, and Earl W. Wallace focuses on a detective protecting a young Amish boy who becomes a target after he witnesses a murder in Philadelphia.
  2. "Witness" is a 1988 Malayalam language investigative thriller made in India, directed by Viji Thampi and co-written by Jagathy Sreekumar, starring Jayaram, Jagathy Sreekumar, Parvathy, Madhu, Sukumaran and Suresh Gopi.
  3. "Witness" is a 1994 short film written and directed by Paul Ruven.
    • country: Netherlands
    • language: English Language
    • released in (22 years ago)
  4. "Witness" is a film directed by Georges Burdeau and Kieth Merrill released on August 1, 1997.


  1. "Witness" is a verse novel of historical fiction written by Karen Hesse in 2001, concentrating on racism in a rural Vermont town in 1924. Voices include those of Leanora Sutter, a 12-year-old African American girl; Esther Hirsh, a 6-year-old girl from New York; Sara Chickering, a quiet spinster farmer; Iris Weaver, a young restaurant owner, bootlegger and illegal rum runner; Reynard Alexander, the town newspaper editor; Merlin van Tornhout, an arrogant town 18-year-old; Johnny Reeves, the town preacher; and Percelle Johnson, town constable, age 66 —among several others, some of whom removed to join the newly arrived Ku Klux Klan including: Johnny Reeves, Merlin Van Tornhout and shopkeeper Harvey Pettibone.
    • language: English Language
    • characters:
      • Merlin Van Tornhout
      • Leanora Sutter
      • Esther Hirsh
      • Johnny Reeves
      • Sara Chickering
      • Percelle Johnson
      • Reynard Alexander
      • Iris Weaver
      • Harvey Pettibone
      • Viola Pettibone
    • genres: Fiction, Children's literature, Historical fiction
    • subjects: Prejudice, History, Vermont
    • released on (14 years ago)
    • award: - Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children's Book Award nomination for Karen Hesse
  2. "Witness" is a book by Ruth Gruber.
    • also known as "Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story (Schocken Paperbacks on Judaica)"
    • genres: Autobiography, Biography
    • subjects: Woman, Photojournalism, Jewish Studies, Photography, 20th century
  3. "Witness" is a novella written by Walter Jon Williams.
    • language: English Language
    • released in (30 years ago)
    • award: - Nebula Award for Best Novella nomination for Walter Jon Williams


  1. The Witness is the name of at least three fictional, American comic-book characters, the first published by Timely Comics in the 1940s and the final two by its successor company, Marvel Comics.
  2. Witness is a fictional character from the 2007 film Transformers.
  3. Witness is a fictional character from the 2003 film Not Only Mrs. Raut.

There are other characters with in their name, like Eye Witness, Eye-witness, Child Witness, Expert Witness, Jehovah's Witness, Jehovah's-Witness.


  1. "Witness" is the second full-length studio album by Blessthefall. It was released on October 6, 2009, through Fearless Records. It is the band's first album with Beau Bokan on lead vocals and final album with guitarist Mike Frisby. The album was co-produced with There for Tomorrow drummer, Christopher Kamrada.
  2. "Witness" is the second album released by Iowa hardcore quintet Modern Life Is War, released in 2005 via Deathwish Inc. This is the last M.L.I.W. album to feature Chris Honeck on bass and Matt Hoffman on guitar, as both members would leave the band after the album's release. The album cover was created by Converge singer J. Bannon, and features an image of Main Street, Marshalltown - the city in Iowa where the band members are from - taken in 1896.
  3. "Witness" is an album released by Spooky Tooth in 1973. For this album, original drummer Mike Kellie returned and substantially replaced Bryson Graham. Gary Wright became the dominant songwriting influence at this stage of the band's history. Co-lead singer Mike Harrison left the band following the release of the album. The album was remastered and re-released on compact disc in 2005 by Repertoire.
  4. "Witness" is a musical album of Maurice Jarre, soundtrack.
    • also known as Witness Soundtrack
    • released in (31 years ago)
  5. "Witness" is the ninth studio album by Show of Hands. The album was recorded in January 2006 at Presshouse Studio, Colyton, Devon, and was produced by Simon Emmerson and Simon ‘Mass’ Massey from the Afro Celts, who helped to incorporate elements of traditional African, ambient and electronic dance music with the duo's characteristic folk style. It was released in May 2006 on the Hands on Music label. Mojo Magazine ranked Witness at number 10 on their best folk albums of 2006 list.
  6. "Witness" is the 18th album by trumpeter Dave Douglas. It was released on the RCA label in 2001 and features performances by Douglas, Chris Speed, Joe Daley, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Drew Gress, Bryan Carrott, Michael Sarin, Ikue Mori, Joshua Roseman and Yuka Honda with Tom Waits providing vocals on one track.
    • genre: Jazz
    • released in (15 years ago)
  7. "Witness" is a musical single of Cerf, Mitiska & Jaren & Rank 1.
    • released on
  8. "Witness" is a composition.
  9. "Witness" is a musical EP of Jex Thoth.
    • released on (5 years ago)


Who is Witness?

Witness is an American rapper and hip hop producer from Morrisville, PA.


  1. Witness were a British alternative rock band formed in Wigan, Greater Manchester in 1997. The band released two albums via Island Records between 1999 and 2001, before splitting up in 2004.
  2. Witness is a musical group.
    • albums: "A Song in the Night", "He Can Do The Impossible"
  3. Witness is a musical group.
    • albums: ".45 Sweetheart", "The Everafter LP"
  4. Witness is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like A Witness, I-Witness, Last Witness, Lost Witness, True Witness and Only Living Witness.


  1. Witness is a human rights non-profit organization based out of Brooklyn, NY. Its mission is to partner with on-the-ground organizations to create videos that document human rights violations and their consequences, in order to further public engagement, policy change, and justice. Witness has partnered with more than 300 human rights groups in over 80 countries.
  2. Witness is a literary and issue-oriented magazine published by the Black Mountain Institute at UNLV. Each issue includes fiction, poetry, memoir, and literary essays. The magazine has been honored with ten grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, and writings from the journal have been recognized in The Best American Essays, The O. Henry Prize Stories, The Best American Poetry, and The Pushcart Prize.
  3. Witness is a Canadian documentary television series which was broadcast from 1992 to 2004. Various independently produced documentaries were introduced by host Knowlton Nash.
  4. Witness is the name of an altar in Joshua 22:34. The name appears in this form in the New King James Version, the English Standard Version and the New Living Translation. The King James Version merely transliterates the original Hebrew word Ed, while the New International Version regards all of the following words as the name of the altar: "A Witness Between Us that the LORD is God.
    • also known as Ed
  5. Witness is the flagship documentary television programme that airs on Al Jazeera English. The programme showcases documentaries commissioned from independent filmmakers around the world. The films focus on stories that receive less international coverage and "people at the margins of society.
  6. Witness: In mathematical logic, a witness is a specific value t to be substituted for variable x of an existential statement of the form ∃x φ such that φ is true.
  7. Witness is an Atlanta rock band that was signed to Arista Records in 1980 under the name Native & after changing their name, put out their self-titled debut album in 1981. The band consisted of lead singer Debbie Davis, guitarist Damon Johnson, bassist Eddie Usher, keyboardist Joey Huffman & drummer Eddie Boyd.
  8. Witness is a one act play written in 1968 by Terrence McNally. It was first performed on November 21, 1968 at New York City's off-Broadway Gramercy Arts Theatre, located at 138 E 27th Street. It starred James Coco, Sally Kirkland, Richard Marr, and Joe Ponazecki, and was paired with another McNally play, Sweet Eros. The production ran through the following January.
  9. Witness is a TV program.
  10. Witness was the name of an evangelical newspaper established in 1840 by the Scottish geologist and writer, Hugh Miller. He continued to edit the paper at an office on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh until his suicide in December 1856. He was the principal contributor to the publication, averaging over 10,000 words a week.
  11. Witness: Drug trafficking, poverty, gang violence, corruption and ethnic warfare have created some of the most dangerous hot spots on Earth. Witness follows our current generation of photojournalists into these conflict zones in Mexico, Libya, Brazil and South Sudan. In the four-part series, war photographers carry us into the heart of the human drama of the people in the action on the ground. We see what compels the photojournalist and experience why, when everyone else seeks cover, the photojournalist stands and moves closer.
    • begun on
    • genre: Documentary film

Phrases with Witness

Phrases starting with the word Witness:

  1. witness box
  2. witness stand
  3. Witness Yoldia
  4. Witness tampering

Phrases ending with the word Witness:

  1. to witness
  2. lay witness
  3. Non-Witness
  4. Anti-Witness
  5. bear witness
  6. Bore Witness
  7. false witness
  8. expert witness
  9. adverse witness
  10. hostile witness
  11. to bear witness
  12. Zealous witness
  13. material witness
  14. character witness
  15. jehovah's witness
  16. Jehovah's-Witness

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Witness

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Google previewWitnessing (2001)

Beyond Recognition by Kelly Oliver

The inner witness is the necessary condition for the structure of addressability and response-ability inherent in subjectivity.

Google previewThe Asiatic Journal and Monthly Miscellany (1828)

Witness is a banker and East-India director, Has been acquainted with Capt. Prescott...

Google previewThe Quest for Truth (2007)

by Alex Caldon

Bearing witness is a form of manipulation which, it appears, cannot be abused. In a dispute or when something untoward is likely to occur, it is helpful to have a witness. For example, in a private phone call with somebody of questionable ...

Google previewThe Private Investigator Handbook (2005)

The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Protect Yourself, Get Justice, or Get Even by Chuck Chambers

The EZ Witness is a personal-security digital-video recorder. It's a small box that has a built-in SD chip to record the video and it has a motion detector built into the unit. You take this stand-alone unit, place it in a room, activate it, and the only ...

Google previewSystem and Story (2009)

Narrative Critique and Construction in Theology by Gale Heide

witness is a form of rationality unto itself. as the church is the church, particularly as it is...

Google previewThe Lyotard Dictionary (2011)

by Stuart Sim

Lyotard repeatedly calls on us to resist the temptation to forget in this way and instead to bear witness to what the dominant ideology is desperately striving to hide from us. To bear witness is to refuse to give in to grand narrative and to frustrate ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

* WITNESS, n.s. [witness, Saxon.] 1. Testimony ; attestation.— The devil can cite scripture ...

Google previewThe Poor Man's Concordance, and dictionary to the sacred scriptures both of the Old and New Testament (1828)

Designed ... for that class who read the "Poor Man's commentary on the Bible" by Robert Hawker

the witness ...

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Quotes about Witness

A man is not primarily a witness against something. That is only incidental to the fact that he is a witness for something. (Whittaker Chambers)
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Scrabble value of W4I1T1N1E1S1S1

The value of this 7-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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