Word of the Day

Saturday, August 28, 1999


\ED-uh-fy\ , transitive verb;
To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach.
--edifying, adjective
In their tour, the judges saw some of the more edifying spots on the Internet
-- "Second Federal Panel Declares C.D.A. [the Communications Decency Act] Unconstitutional", New York Times, July 30, 1996
They viewed what edifying sights the coastal towns offered, including a fascinating zoo.
-- Paul C. Nagel, John Quincy Adams
Just what depth of woods is required to edify, modify and/or enlighten a person in the way that we know a stay within an unguarded, ongoing, wild wood can?
-- Charles Siebert, "Found in the Woods", New York Times Magazine, June 6, 1999
Edify is from Old French edifier, from Latin ædifico, ædificare, to build.
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