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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WITNESSES

God knows what that young imp wouldn't swear if a fellow had no witnesses.

Dr. Lavendar explained that they were to be witnesses, and the boys took off their hats.

And of this you are to be the sole judge, though there were fifty witnesses to the contrary.

Look now, beneath us walk a couple who do not guess that we are the witnesses of their vows.'

She named two witnesses of her marriage—one dead, the other could not be heard of.

You might often believe in supernatural occurrences if it were not for the witnesses.

I had a suit some years ago at Paris, for which English witnesses were necessary.

There were three witnesses—presence of mind was his great attribute.

"I was not going to leave them to Ketch for witnesses," said he.

It was already four o'clock when the evidence of the witnesses came to an end.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English witnes "attestation of fact, event, etc., from personal knowledge;" also "one who so testifies;" originally "knowledge, wit," formed from wit (n.) + -ness. Christian use (late 14c.) is as a literal translation of Greek martys (see martyr). Witness stand is recorded from 1853.

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