[ed-uh-fi-key-shuh n]


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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Historical Examples of edification

  • 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?

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


    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.

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 Formsedificatory, adjective
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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.

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