edify

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v edify make understand "Can you enlighten me--I don't understand this proposal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Edify To build; to construct. "There was a holy chapel edified ."
    • v. i Edify To improve.
    • Edify To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious knowledge; to teach. "It does not appear probable that our dispute [about miracles] would either edify or enlighten the public."
    • Edify To teach or persuade.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • edify To build; construct.
    • edify To build in or upon; cover with buildings.
    • edify To build up or increase the faith, morality, etc., of; impart instruction to, particularly in morals or religion.
    • edify To convince or persuade.
    • edify To benefit; favor.
    • edify To cause or tend to cause moral or intellectual improvement; make people wiser or better.
    • edify To be instructed or improved, especially morally; become wiser or better.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Edify ed′i-fī to build: to build up the faith of: to strengthen spiritually towards faith and holiness: to comfort: to improve the mind
    • pr.p Edify ed′ifying; pa.p. ed′ified
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Quotations

  • Walford Bodie
    Walford Bodie
    “I've got a living to make, to put it plainly; there's more money in shocking and terrifying than in edifying.”
  • James Madison
    James%20Madison
    “What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. édifier, L. aedificare,; aedes, a building, house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. to burn, Skr. idh, to kindle, OHG. eit, funeral pile, AS. ād, OIr. aed, fire) + facere, to make. See Fact -fy

Usage

In literature:

It is a solid and commandin edifis, but I deny that it is cheerful.
"Humorous Masterpieces from American Literature" by Various
He had met no one exactly like her, though he was a man of wide and not very edifying experience.
"Joanna Godden" by Sheila Kaye-Smith
Bart, highly edified at the unique incident, followed him outside.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
The chaplain, finding the prisoner was not in a proper frame of mind for edifying conversation, left him, and returned to the professors' cabin.
"Outward Bound" by Oliver Optic
The kindly, almostly brotherly nature of this union was very edifying to the neighbours.
"The Original Fables of La Fontaine" by Jean de la Fontaine
Thou shalt go, to edify me on thy return with what thou mayest remember of his discourse.
"The Knight of the Golden Melice" by John Turvill Adams
So noble a proposition edified the king, who recognized it as made by a whole and free spirit.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
Long may we enjoy our church under a learned and edifying episcopacy!
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. VII. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
Let all things be done unto edifying.
"Some Christian Convictions" by Henry Sloane Coffin
Come, are you edified?
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
The early Buddhists thought that though such gatherings were not edifying they might be made so.
"Hinduism And Buddhism, Volume II. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
Night and day hath this Wronged One been occupied in that which would unite the hearts, and edify the souls of men.
"Epistle to the Son of the Wolf" by Bahá’u’lláh
The systems which the German philosophers have propounded are more serviceable to themselves than edifying to the ordinary reader.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 2 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
It always demands something to edify it, or, failing that, to shock it.
"Damn!" by Henry Louis Mencken
The chapel, thus re-edified, thus transported, was pleasant beneath its wood of poplars and sycamores.
"The Vicomte de Bragelonne" by Alexandre Dumas
I thought it both a sad and edifying history.
"Charlotte Bronte and Her Circle" by Clement K. Shorter
A long work and a short prayer edifies the house, but a long prayer and a short work destroys it.
"Serbia in Light and Darkness" by Nikolaj Velimirovic
The sight of these boxes was not very edifying to those who had none.
"The Drummer Boy" by John Trowbridge
His occasional addresses were charming to the hearer, and no man could deliver a more edifying speech at any celebration.
"Hidden Treasures" by Harry A. Lewis
So clever, so jolly, and so edifying!
"My New Curate" by P.A. Sheehan
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In poetry:

What have you done to edify,
You clammy chapel tinker?
What act like his of days gone by —
The grand old Asian thinker?
"A Hyde Park Larrikin" by Henry Kendall
LET all thy words a Christian import bear,
Let them, with grace, at all times season'd be,
That they may knowledge give to all that hear,
And edify their souls in some degree.
"Advice, How To Govern Our Words, According To God's Will" by Rees Prichard
Thy children and thy household firmly bind,
To use such words, as may their morals mend —
Words, that will please and edify the mind,
And to each auditor's improvement tend.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard

In news:

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Nicknamed "The Inimitable," Dickens fused artistry with humanity to create a body of work as entertaining as it is edifying.
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5 good DVD movies that edify .
Intervoice signed an agreement today to purchase IVR provider Edify from S1, a move designed to strengthen Intervoice's voice-automation functionality.
Edifier introduces e10 Exclaim speaker system.
It would no doubt be more edifying if you had This speaking while looking at the slides, but then again maybe it wouldn't be.
Maybe you read something funny or edifying on the Innernetz that you just have to share.
Whether you're cruising blogs, podcasts, or Twitter feeds, finding a wellspring of edifying material on the internet can be a mental root canal.
Edifier introduces e10 Exclaim speaker system .
Edifier Prisma E3350BT Desktop Bluetooth Speaker System .
Watching democracy in action at the Oct 8 City Council meeting regarding Flagler College's request for a new building was edifying, electric and amusing .
The retro-styled Tick Tock alarm clocks from Edifier can connect to your favorite audio devices.
Fast-forward to 2012 and check out the retro-styled Tick Tock alarm clocks from Edifier.
David Byrne's 'How Music Works' edifies and entertains.
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In science:

Examining the time-picture of the system (Fig. 4.5) is very edifying.
Quantum Optimal Control Theory of Harmonic Generation
To figure out the fate of these frontiers –as the Universe evolves from a dense plasma of many species of particles to its present status– is a lengthy but edifying exercise in conventional physics.
Avatars of a Matter-Antimatter Universe
But I think this is not an entirely edifying example: Einstein’s intuition was not always so successful, and most of us are not Einsteins.
Issues for the Next Generation of Galaxy Surveys
Whatever the fate of the conjecture, we hope to persuade the reader that it is edifying to look for pure eigenstates, especially but not exclusively those that come from C ∗r (G), of particular elements of CG.
Pure eigenstates for the sum of generators of the free group
The result is not particularly edifying in the general case, but it takes a simple form if one considers electrostatic perturbations (δB = 0).
Astrophysical gyrokinetics: kinetic and fluid turbulent cascades in magnetized weakly collisional plasmas
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