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verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.
  1. to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
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Origin of edify

1300–50; Middle English edifien < Anglo-French, Old French edifier < Latin aedificāre to build, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes) house, temple + -ficāre -fy
Related formsed·i·fi·er, nouned·i·fy·ing·ly, adverbnon·ed·i·fied, adjectivere·ed·i·fy, verb (used with object), re·ed·i·fied, re·ed·i·fy·ing.un·ed·i·fied, adjectiveun·ed·i·fy·ing, adjective
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Related Words for edified

uplift, enlighten, teach, educate, improve

Examples from the Web for edified

Historical Examples of edified

  • Listen for a moment to those gentlemen and you will be edified.

    The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete

    Emile Zola

  • However, I am edified to find you a gentleman of great learning and experience.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • 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

    Winston Churchill

  • All who had the privilege of listening to it were cheered and edified.

British Dictionary definitions for edified


verb -fies, -fying or -fied
  1. (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
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Derived Formsedifier, nounedifying, adjectiveedifyingly, adverb

Word Origin for edify

C14: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make
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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.

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