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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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
IT is edifying to see a consummate artist continue to grow.
Instead of gossiping at meals, edifying books are read aloud.
Other manifestations of the fervour of the poor were a little less edifying.
The scientific method is one of constant testing of hypotheses, and mistakes
  can be as edifying as successes.
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