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[ed-uh-fis] /ˈɛd ə fɪs/
a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
any large, complex system or organization.
Origin of edifice
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium
Related forms
[ed-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌɛd əˈfɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
unedificial, adjective
1. See building. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for edifice
  • The plans contemplate a substantial structure in the form of a wing to the present edifice.
  • The edifice was commenced in 1846 and completed in 1848.
  • On the east end of the campus is a new two-story edifice.
  • Grant's second inauguration in 1873 was in a specially constructed edifice that lacked heating.
  • Some fear its collapse will bring down the fragile edifice of the entire industry.
  • The whole edifice rests on a few fundamental principles that are inherent in us.
  • The entire edifice of our social and political system is starting to crumble.
  • The rambling ancient edifice had one entire wing fallen into ruins.
  • The edifice dates partly from the Norman period.
  • The lowermost layers of such an edifice may indeed be mere brick and mortar.
British Dictionary definitions for edifice


a building, esp a large or imposing one
a complex or elaborate institution or organization
Derived Forms
edificial (ˌɛdɪˈfɪʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify
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Word Origin and History for edifice

late 14c., from Old French edifice "building," from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

Ædis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- "to burn."

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