- to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.
Origin of edify
Examples from the Web for edify
But your mirth-makers, can you say they benefit the body or edify the soul?Cyropaedia
Contains also remarks on terraces, which are expected to edify.From a Terrace in Prague
Lieut.-Col. B. Granville Baker
Its aim is not to instruct, not to edify, but to awaken an emotion.American Men of Mind
Burton E. Stevenson
What shocks one part will edify the rest, Nor with one system can they all be blest.Essay on Man
He had no idea even now how bad matters were, nor did she care to edify him.A Tame Surrender, A Story of The Chicago Strike
- (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
Word Origin and History for edify
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.