• WordNet 3.6
    • adj 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Edifying Instructing; improving; as, an edifying conversation.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Edifying instructive: improving
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  • 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
    “What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable, than that of Liberty & Learning, each leaning on the other for their mutual & surest support?”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. édifier—L. ædificāreædes, a house, facĕre, to make.


In literature:

The results were edifying.
"Ireland Under Coercion (2nd ed.) (2 of 2) (1888)" by William Henry Hurlbert
How edifying the recital must have been to the peasantry around him!
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
He will be our chaplain, and edify us by his discourses when he has recovered his health and strength.
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The fervency of those new converts did not less edify Xavier than their number.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)" by John Dryden
He did not write to amuse, but to edify and instruct.
"Sermons on Various Important Subjects" by Andrew Lee
In the first we are abandoned to a delightful, and perhaps as it seems holy or edifying vagrancy of thought.
"The Life of the Spirit and the Life of To-day" by Evelyn Underhill
Yet, with all deference to the edifying letters of this missionary jesuit, it is difficult to make such distant ends meet.
"Notes and Queries, Number 55, November 16, 1850" by Various
So The Revolution, from the start, will arouse, thrill, edify, amuse, vex and nonplus its friends.
"The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony (Volume 1 of 2)" by Ida Husted Harper
Speculation on such points may be interesting to the intellect but is not edifying.
"Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)" by Charles Eliot
His periodical defiances and his contempt for his superiors is quite edifying.
"Drake, Nelson and Napoleon" by Walter Runciman

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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Edifier introduces e10 Exclaim speaker system.
Edifier releases new Bluetooth audio solutions.
Edifier Prisma E3350BT Desktop Bluetooth Speaker System.
Edifier Spinnaker Desktop Speakers.
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.
A not very edifying duel in Parliament.
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.

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