follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

edify

[ed-uh-fahy] /ˈɛd ə faɪ/
verb (used with object), edified, edifying.
1.
to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift:
religious paintings that edify the viewer.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English edifien < Anglo-French, Old French edifier < Latin aedificāre to build, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes) house, temple + -ficāre -fy
Related forms
edifier, noun
edifyingly, adverb
nonedified, adjective
reedify, verb (used with object), reedified, reedifying.
unedified, adjective
unedifying, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for edified
  • But readers, who wanted to feel edified by their shopping experience, didn't want to shop in warehouses.
  • None are edified when ignorance is displayed on either side.
  • Her husband, edified by her example, concurred with her in every pious undertaking which she projected.
  • They certainly have been edified as well as entertained.
  • But if lie wishes the world to listen and be edified, he will do well to choose a language that is generally understood.
British Dictionary definitions for edified

edify

/ˈɛdɪˌfaɪ/
verb -fies, -fying, -fied
1.
(transitive) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
Derived Forms
edifier, noun
edifying, adjective
edifyingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for edified

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Word Value for edified

12
12
Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with edified

Nearby words for edified