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edify

[ed-uh-fahy]
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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 edifying

improving, inspiring, illuminating, refining, uplifting, cultural, educational, educative, illuminative, instructional, instructive

Examples from the Web for edifying

Contemporary Examples of edifying

Historical Examples of edifying

  • He is probably an edifying spectacle by this time, a mush of maudlin penitence.

    The Dominant Strain

    Anna Chapin Ray

  • Flora naturally said nothing to Anthony of that edifying conversation.

    Chance

    Joseph Conrad

  • And besides, that edifying sight alone might start the trouble for all I know.

    Victory

    Joseph Conrad

  • "I'm sure that's an edifying tale" says Sir Penthony, with a deep show of interest.

    Molly Bawn

    Margaret Wolfe Hamilton

  • How near to having had enough of me you must be when you speak of me as edifying!

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for edifying

edify

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 edifying

edify

v.

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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