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edifice

[ ed-uh-fis ]
/ ˈɛd ə fɪs /
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noun

a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
any large, complex system or organization.

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Origin of edifice

1350–1400; Middle English <Anglo-French, Middle French <Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium-ium
1. See building.
ed·i·fi·cial [ed-uh-fish-uhl], /ˌɛd əˈfɪʃ əl/, adjectiveun·ed·i·fi·cial, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for edifice

edifice
/ (ˈɛdɪfɪs) /

noun

a building, esp a large or imposing one
a complex or elaborate institution or organization
edificial (ˌɛdɪˈfɪʃəl), adjective
C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify
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