When you give testimony you are telling what you saw or what you know. Your testimony that your hand was not in the cookie jar goes against the testimony of several eyewitnesses.

The Latin root for testimony is testis, meaning “ witness.” “Eye witness testimony” is a phrase you will hear often in legal discussions. An object can also give testimony, without speaking of course: "The statue they built of you outside the bowling alley offers testimony to your greatness."

Definitions of testimony
  1. noun
    something that serves as evidence
    “his effort was testimony to his devotion”
    synonyms: testimonial
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    good authority
    testimony by someone who should know
    strong evidence for something
    type of:
    an indication that makes something evident
  2. noun
    a solemn statement made under oath
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    testimony by word or deed to your religious faith
    (law) unsworn statement that can be admitted in evidence in a legal transaction
    the action of bearing witness
    written declaration made under oath; a written statement sworn to be true before someone legally authorized to administer an oath
    perjured testimony that someone was persuaded to give
    the first pillar of Islam is an affirmation of faith
    (law) an affidavit attached to a statement confirming the truth of that statement
    type of:
    (law) all the means by which any alleged matter of fact whose truth is investigated at judicial trial is established or disproved
  3. noun
    an assertion offering firsthand authentication of a fact
    “according to his own testimony he can't do it”
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    type of:
    assertion, asseveration, averment
    a declaration that is made emphatically (as if no supporting evidence were necessary)
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