a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
any large, complex system or organization.

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium

edificial [ed-uh-fish-uhl] , adjective
unedificial, adjective

1. See building.
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edifice (ˈɛdɪfɪs)
1.  a building, esp a large or imposing one
2.  a complex or elaborate institution or organization
[C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., from O.Fr. edifice "building," from L. ædificium "building," from ædificare "to build," from ædis, variant of ædes "temple," in the pl. meaning "dwelling, building," originally "hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).
ædis is from I.E. base *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Gk. aithein "to burn," Skt. inddhe "burst into flames," O.Ir. aed "fire").
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Example sentences
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.
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