[ vur-dikt ]
/ ˈvɜr dɪkt /


Law. the finding or answer of a jury given to the court concerning a matter submitted to their judgment.
a judgment; decision: the verdict of the critics.

Nearby words

  1. verde, cape,
  2. verdelho,
  3. verderer,
  4. verdi,
  5. verdi, giuseppe,
  6. verdigris,
  7. verdigris toadstool,
  8. verdin,
  9. verditer,
  10. verdun

Origin of verdict

1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin vērdictum, variant of vērēdictum literally, something said truly; replacing Middle English verdit < Anglo-French < Latin vērum dictum true word Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for verdict


/ (ˈvɜːdɪkt) /


the findings of a jury on the issues of fact submitted to it for examination and trial; judgment
any decision, judgment, or conclusion

Word Origin for verdict

C13: from Medieval Latin vērdictum, from Latin vērē dictum truly spoken, from vērus true + dīcere to say

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Word Origin and History for verdict



1530s, from Middle English verdit (c.1300), "a jury's decision in a case," from Anglo-French verdit (Old French voirdit), from ver, veir "true" (see very) + dit, past participle of dire "to say" (see diction). Spelling influenced by Medieval Latin verdictum.

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