verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.
Origin of edify
Examples from the Web for edifying
There were observations he would make that would be edifying to me.Bob Weir on Drugged-Out Deadheads and Living in Jerry Garcia’s Shadow|Emily Shire|April 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Such intemperate exchanges will hardly count as edifying but they may, alas, be unavoidable.Florida’s Nasty Battle Reflected Only Small Disagreements Between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich|Michael Medved|February 1, 2012|DAILY BEAST
And pundits can always be relied upon for edifying breed comparisons.Dogs and Presidential Candidates: Man's Best Friend Dominates the Race|Leslie Bennetts|December 18, 2011|DAILY BEAST
When do we ever see elected officials engage in that sort of careful, thoughtful dialogue in an edifying way?The Supreme Court Confirmation Process Isn't Broken|Adam Winkler|August 5, 2010|DAILY BEAST
A writer starts from some slender basis of fact and composes an edifying novel.
This excessively brilliant, though not edifying, career did not last long.Their Majesties' Servants (Volume 3 of 3)|John Doran
How edifying and refreshing to trace the moral glories of the divine volume!Elijah the Tishbite|C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh
My own feeling on the matter is, that early fasting communion when there is health and strength is far the most edifying.
All sorts of edifying exercises were at once performed with these young men.Life and Times of Her Majesty Caroline Matilda, Vol. I (of III)|C. F. Lachelles Wraxall
verb -fies, -fying or -fied
Word Origin 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.