Origin of edifice
Examples from the Web for edifice
A stage was erected next to the edifice and hundreds would gather to watch floggings, crying out “Allahu Akbar!”Who Is Fazlullah? The Pakistani Mullah Who Targeted Malala|Michael Daly|November 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
With a powerful lever the soldiers attempted to prise open the door of the columbarium, shaking the edifice on its foundations.The Death of the Gods|Dmitri Mrejkowski
Close at hand the edifice gained in austerity and dignity while it lost the last of its scanty air of hospitality.Doom Castle|Neil Munro
They perform important offices, although they are not the materials to rear and consolidate the edifice of thought.On the Nature of Thought|John Haslam
He was a forgotten unit in that subaltern rank, on whose individual merits the titled built their edifice of fame.
The growl is in fact no other than the humming note of bull-roarers swung by men, who are concealed within the edifice.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
Word Origin for edifice
late 14c., from Old French edifice "building," from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
Ædis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- "to burn."