unedifying

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unedifying not edifying
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unedifying Not edifying; not improving to the mind.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Unedifying un-ed′i-fī-ing not edifying.
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Usage

In literature:

She is always reading foolish and unedifying books.
"Bunyan Characters (Second Series)" by Alexander Whyte
I'm glad you didn't amuse her with that unedifying bit of fiction.
"The Odd Women" by George Gissing
Why can't she cook in a middle-class, unedifying way?
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
Let us not be too particular in narrating his father's unedifying frolics of a quarter of a century ago.
"The Newcomes" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Then a very unedifying thing occurred.
"The Green Mouse" by Robert W. Chambers
There was a great outcry at this unedifying candour.
"A History of Freedom of Thought" by John Bagnell Bury
Let us, however, not conceal from ourselves the fact that this first impression is for the most part extremely unedifying.
"The Essays of Arthur Schopenhauer; Religion, A Dialogue, Etc." by Arthur Schopenhauer
Yet so fine a game as this was held by his mother to be unedifying.
"Bunker Bean" by Harry Leon Wilson
A long and peculiarly unedifying crisis ensued.
"The Life of William Ewart Gladstone, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by John Morley
We must exclude a long list of most unedifying passages on this score.
"The World's Greatest Books--Volume 14--Philosophy and Economics" by Various
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In news:

We can't peer into President Obama's soul, but his statement last week that he is "struggling" with whether to endorse same-sex marriage is open to an unedifying interpretation.
The messy and unedifying stoush between National and the Maori Council is now as much about the Government's right to exercise power as it is about Maori rights over water.
LONDON (AP) – After four days of foul-mouthed evidence that provided an unedifying insight into football's crude culture, Chelsea captain John Terry was cleared Friday of racially abusing an opponent.
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