edify

[ed-uh-fahy]
verb (used with object), edified, edifying.
to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English edifien < Anglo-French, Old French edifier < Latin aedificāre to build, equivalent to aedi- (stem of aedes) house, temple + -ficāre -fy

edifier, noun
edifyingly, adverb
nonedified, adjective
reedify, verb (used with object), reedified, reedifying.
unedified, adjective
unedifying, adjective
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edify (ˈɛdɪˌfaɪ)
 
vb , -fies, -fying, -fied
(tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction
 
[C14: from Old French edifier, from Latin aedificāre to construct, from aedēs a dwelling, temple + facere to make]
 
'edifier
 
n
 
'edifying
 
adj
 
'edifyingly
 
adv

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Main Entry:  edify1
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to build, construct; to establish
Etymology:  Latin aedes 'building' + -ficare 'to make'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  edify2
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to build up, establish, or strengthen a person, institution, etc.; to uplift
Etymology:  Latin aedes 'building' + -ficare 'to make'
Usage:  transitive
Main Entry:  edify3
Part of Speech:  v
Definition:  to inform or enlighten intellectually or spiritually
Etymology:  Latin aedes 'building' + -ficare 'to make'
Usage:  transitive
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edify
mid-14c., a figurative use, from O.Fr. edifier, from L. ædificare "to build, construct," in L.L. "improve spiritually, instruct" (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.
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Example sentences
Such ought to be the zeal of every one to instruct and edify his neighbour by
  word and example.
Despite its flaws, this volume nonetheless will edify and absorb the reader.
They never fail to both edify and amuse.
But her goal here was not to edify the spirit, but to win the vote.
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