From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Verdict \Ver"dict\, n. [OE. verdit, OF. verdit, veirdit, LL.
   verdictum, veredictum; L. vere truly (fr. verus true) +
   dictum a saying, a word, fr. dicere, dictum, to say. See
   Very, and Dictum.]
   1. (Law) The answer of a jury given to the court concerning
      any matter of fact in any cause, civil or criminal,
      committed to their examination and determination; the
      finding or decision of a jury on the matter legally
      submitted to them in the course of the trial of a cause.
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   Note: The decision of a judge or referee, upon an issue of
         fact, is not called a verdict, but a finding, or a
         finding of fact. --Abbott.
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   2. Decision; judgment; opinion pronounced; as, to be
      condemned by the verdict of the public.
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            These were enormities condemned by the most natural
            verdict of common humanity.           --South.
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            Two generations have since confirmed the verdict
            which was pronounced on that night.   --Macaulay.
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