edify

[ed-uh-fahy]

verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.

to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.

Nearby words

  1. edie,
  2. edification,
  3. edificatory,
  4. edifice,
  5. edificial,
  6. edifying,
  7. edile,
  8. edina,
  9. edinburg,
  10. edinburgh

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

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British Dictionary definitions for edifying

edify

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

(tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
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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