- to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
Origin of edify
Examples from the Web for edified
Listen for a moment to those gentlemen and you will be edified.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
However, I am edified to find you a gentleman of great learning and experience.The O'Ruddy
And yet this is the picture-writing of the Aztecs, with which the world has been so edified for centuries.Mexico and its Religion
Robert A. Wilson
The first night he confessed his sins, and they edified me not a little.Richard Carvel, Complete
All who had the privilege of listening to it were cheered and edified.
- (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
Word Origin and History for edified
mid-14c., "to build, construct," also, in figurative use, "to build up morally or in faith," from Old French edefiier "build, install, teach, instruct (morally)," from Latin aedificare "to build, construct," in Late Latin "improve spiritually, instruct" (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.