edification

[ed-uh-fi-key-shuhn]
noun
1.
an act of edifying.
2.
the state of being edified; uplift.
3.
moral improvement or guidance.

Origin:
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

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edification (ˌɛdɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
 
n
1.  improvement, instruction, or enlightenment, esp when morally or spiritually uplifting
2.  the act of edifying or state of being edified
 
edificatory
 
adj

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edification
late 14c., in religious use, "building up of the soul," from L. aedificationem, from aedificare (see edifice). Religious use is as translation of Gk. oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning "mental improvement" is 1650s. Literal sense of "building" is rare in English.
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Example sentences
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.
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