Definition of edification in English:



  • The instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually.

    ‘the idea that art's main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification’
    • ‘They are pursued for an individual Marine's edification.’
    • ‘The other main users seem to be people preparing sermons or Bible studies and those who simply want to read for edification.’
    • ‘We do not customarily look to opera for moral edification.’
    • ‘I was told to get over to the National Archives, and pick up these papers which were being declassified, which were there for my edification.’
    • ‘After fully admitting its good qualities, we must point out that the Jerusalem Bible is not in fact suitable for Christians who are in need of edification in the faith.’
    • ‘But if your tolerance for self-importance is dipping low, look elsewhere for edification.’
    • ‘Even during such moments, however, the general reader is pulled back and forth between edification and enlightenment.’
    • ‘The tension between honesty and edification is the fundamental dilemma of teaching theology.’
    • ‘For Shaw's edification, Diana also links to the information provided here and elsewhere to support her points.’
    • ‘Here's the first reference for your edification.’
    • ‘On the other hand, he's observed you're not with any children or anything… so that means you came here alone, for your own edification.’
    • ‘Cemeteries are no longer sites of public moral edification and aesthetic education.’
    • ‘Stories of wonder shifted from instruments of edification to entertainment.’
    • ‘When a professional is delivering an information piece for public edification it needs to fair and balanced.’
    • ‘Mask dances performed by villagers combined dance with satiric drama, making fun of erring officials and monks for entertainment and ethical edification.’
    • ‘Here, for your edification, is a small selection of the headlines I routinely have to delete from my site.’
    • ‘Furthermore, you are placing yourself in a position in which your own participation in worship will be less than desirable for your personal edification and for the good of all.’
    • ‘It's best to focus on the results of the real-world listening tests; the spectrum analysis graphs are presented simply for your edification.’
    • ‘It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all’
    • ‘The first is the extent to which Londoners, by the Elizabethan period at least, were exposed to all manner of highly accessible modes of propaganda and polemic, entertainment and edification.’
    education, instruction, tuition, teaching, schooling, pedagogy, andragogy, tutoring, coaching, training, tutelage, guidance
    enlightenment, cultivation, development, information, inculcation, indoctrination, improvement, bettering, uplifting, elevation
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Late Middle English: from Latin aedificatio(n-), from aedificare build (see edify).