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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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Examples from the Web for edification
Historical Examples
  • Mr Dombey, not knowing the game, sat down to watch them for his edification until Edith should return.

    Dombey and Son Charles Dickens
  • No one could get edification from an artistic 451representation of a man hanging on the gallows.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • Mrs Young had to leave her work to play for his edification on the little melodeon.

    By Canoe and Dog-Train Egerton Ryerson Young
  • Legends and history were of equal value, since both were used for edification.

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • The contempt of the world is the chief theme of edification.

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

  • Let those that read best, be reading sometimes to the rest, and instructing them, and furthering their edification.

  • The 'Pinafore' announcement was for the edification of the New Londoners.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • The following selection from her poems, executed by Cowper, is highly devotional, and may be read with interest and edification.

  • What will be most for the happiness and edification of the congregation?

    To My Younger Brethren Handley C. G. Moule
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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