edification

[ ed-uh-fi-key-shuh n ]
/ ˌɛd ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən /

noun

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
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edification

/ (ˌɛdɪfɪˈkeɪʃən) /

noun

improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, esp when morally or spiritually uplifting
the act of edifying or state of being edified
Derived Formsedificatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for edification

edification


n.

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.

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