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[ed-uh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌɛd ə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
an act of edifying.
the state of being edified; uplift.
moral improvement or guidance.
Origin of edification
1350-1400; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin aedificātiōn- (stem of aedificātiō), equivalent to aedificāt(us) (past participle of aedificāre) built (aedi- stem of aedēs house + -fic-, combining form of facere to make + -ātus -ate1) + -iōn- -ion Unabridged
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Examples from the web for edification
  • For your edification and delight.
  • Since I already have tenure, the evaluations are essentially for my edification.
  • While some people go for personal edification, others seek academic advancement.
  • Like Phillips, he displays the spirit of a scientific purist who's in it for the edification, not the triumph.
  • Some were more inclined toward entertainment, others toward edification.
  • It is an arsenal of controversy, and a storehouse of romance, as well as a source of edification.
  • Here was a useful moral tale, for the edification of millions.
  • His silence however was sweet, agreeable, and full of edification.
  • If it be right and desirable for thee to speak, speak things which are to edification.
  • The Scripture word edification means the building-up of “believers” in grace and holiness.
British Dictionary definitions for edification


improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, esp when morally or spiritually uplifting
the act of edifying or state of being edified
Derived Forms
edificatory, adjective
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Word Origin and History for edification

mid-14c., in religious use, "building up of the soul," from Old French edification and directly from Latin aedificationem (nominative aedificatio) "construction, building," in Late Latin "spiritual improvement," from past participle stem of aedificare (see edifice). Religious use is as translation of Greek oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning "mental improvement" is 1650s. Literal sense of "building" is rare in English.

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