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[ed-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌɛd ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act of edifying.
the state of being edified; uplift.
moral improvement or guidance.
Origin of edification
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin aedificātiōn- (stem of aedificātiō), equivalent to aedificāt(us) (past participle of aedificāre) built (aedi- stem of aedēs house + -fic-, combining form of facere to make + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • His lordship had been an ear-witness to part of the colloquy, very much to his edification.

    The Channings Mrs. Henry Wood
  • Will you then kindly answer, for the edification of the company and of myself?

    The Republic Plato
  • We greatly admired the map which accompanied them for the edification of the shareholders.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • The parable was plainly intended for the edification of the Twelve.

    Jesus the Christ James Edward Talmage
  • I pray you teach my cure the Scripture of God, and that may be to edification.

    Short Studies on Great Subjects James Anthony Froude
  • He did not reply, lest the power given for edification should turn to destruction.

    Thais Anatole France
  • A single school of whales exhibited their flukes for our edification—so I heard.

    Glances at Europe Horace Greeley
  • No one could get edification from an artistic 451representation of a man hanging on the gallows.


    William Graham Sumner
  • Legends and history were of equal value, since both were used for edification.


    William Graham Sumner
  • They find comfort and edification in an abstract and learned phraseology.

British Dictionary definitions for edification


improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, esp when morally or spiritually uplifting
the act of edifying or state of being edified
Derived Forms
edificatory, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for edification

mid-14c., in religious use, "building up of the soul," from Old French edification and directly from Latin aedificationem (nominative aedificatio) "construction, building," in Late Latin "spiritual improvement," from past participle stem of aedificare (see edifice). Religious use is as translation of Greek oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning "mental improvement" is 1650s. Literal sense of "building" is rare in English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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