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ed·i·fy

 (ĕd′ə-fī′)
tr.v. ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing, ed·i·fies
To instruct especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement.

[Middle English edifien, from Old French edifier, from Late Latin aedificāre, to instruct spiritually, from Latin, to build; see edifice.]

ed′i·fi′er n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.edifying - enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
unedifying, unenlightening - not edifying

edifying

adjective instructive, improving, inspiring, elevating, enlightening, uplifting, instructional the reading of edifying literature

edifying

adjective
Translations
تَنْويري، تَثْقيفي
berigende
povznášajúci
aydınlatıcıöğretici

edifying

[ˈedɪfaɪɪŋ] ADJedificante

edifying

[ˈɛdɪfaɪɪŋ] adjédifiant(e)

edifying

adjerbaulich; this is not a very edifying spectacledas ist kein besonders erbaulicher Anblick

edifying

[ˈɛdɪˌfaɪɪŋ] adjedificante

edify

(ˈedifai) verb
to improve the mind or morals of.
ˌedifiˈcation noun
I told you that piece of news for your edification.
ˈedifying adjective
instructive; morally improving. an edifying lecture.
References in classic literature ?
For scores of years gone by, Monseigneur had squeezed it and wrung it, and had seldom graced it with his presence except for the pleasures of the chase--now, found in hunting the people; now, found in hunting the beasts, for whose preservation Monseigneur made edifying spaces of barbarous and barren wilderness.
The sound of our pens going, refreshed us exceedingly, insomuch that I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish between this edifying business proceeding and actually paying the money.
But peasants from the neighbouring country were not refused admittance; for it was the pride of Beaumanoir to render the edifying spectacle of the justice which he administered as public as possible.
All human actions will then, of course, be tabulated according to these laws, mathematically, like tables of logarithms up to 108,000, and entered in an index; or, better still, there would be published certain edifying works of the nature of encyclopaedic lexicons, in which everything will be so clearly calculated and explained that there will be no more incidents or adventures in the world.
A most edifying representative I shall make of all the domestic virtues -- don't you think so?
On the day following Captain Bonneville's supervision of the industrious and frolicsome community of beavers, of which he has given so edifying an account, he succeeded in extricating himself from the Wind River Mountains, and regaining the plain to the eastward, made a great bend to the south, so as to go round the bases of the mountains, and arrived without further incident of importance, at the old place of rendezvous in Green River valley, on the 17th of September.
There was nothing wanting in its orderly arrangement - neither piety nor faith, nor the tribute of praise due to the worthy dead, with the edifying recital of their achievement.
How much more edifying it would have been if you had made him give Arthur some truly spiritual advice