- to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
Origin of edify
Examples from the Web for edifies
So it is with South Park, which edifies as it offends—or maybe edifies because it offends.Why Your Kids Must Watch ‘South Park’
September 24, 2014
He opens his budget and edifies us with a speech—one-half the house goes away.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
To her great surprise she hears that the sister continues there, and edifies the whole community by her piety.A Literary History of the English People
Jean Jules Jusserand
In so far as the drama uplifts and edifies the audience, it does so, not by precept or by syllogism, but by emotional suggestion.The Theory of the Theatre
- (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
Word Origin and History for edifies
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.