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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
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British Dictionary definitions for un edifying

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
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Word Origin and History for un edifying
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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