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edifice

[ed-uh-fis] /ˈɛd ə fɪs/
noun
1.
a building, especially one of large size or imposing appearance.
2.
any large, complex system or organization.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French, Middle French < Latin aedificium, equivalent to aedific(āre) to build (see edify) + -ium -ium
Related forms
edificial
[ed-uh-fish-uh l] /ˌɛd əˈfɪʃ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
unedificial, adjective
Synonyms
1. See building.
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edifice

/ˈɛdɪfɪs/
noun
1.
a building, esp a large or imposing one
2.
a complex or elaborate institution or organization
Derived Forms
edificial (ˌɛdɪˈfɪʃəl) adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre to build; see edify
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Word Origin and History for un edificial

edifice

n.

late 14c., from Old French edifice "building," from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).

Ædis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cf. Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- "to burn."

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