Definition of edification in US English:

edification

noun

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

    ‘the idea that art's main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification’
    • ‘It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all’
    • ‘The other main users seem to be people preparing sermons or Bible studies and those who simply want to read for edification.’
    • ‘It's best to focus on the results of the real-world listening tests; the spectrum analysis graphs are presented simply for your edification.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's the first reference for your 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.’
    • ‘Here, for your edification, is a small selection of the headlines I routinely have to delete from my site.’
    • ‘We do not customarily look to opera for moral edification.’
    • ‘Cemeteries are no longer sites of public moral edification and aesthetic education.’
    • ‘Stories of wonder shifted from instruments of edification to entertainment.’
    • ‘For Shaw's edification, Diana also links to the information provided here and elsewhere to support her points.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mask dances performed by villagers combined dance with satiric drama, making fun of erring officials and monks for entertainment and ethical edification.’
    • ‘But if your tolerance for self-importance is dipping low, look elsewhere for edification.’
    • ‘The tension between honesty and edification is the fundamental dilemma of teaching theology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When a professional is delivering an information piece for public edification it needs to fair and balanced.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are pursued for an individual Marine's edification.’
    • ‘Even during such moments, however, the general reader is pulled back and forth between edification and enlightenment.’
    education, instruction, tuition, teaching, schooling, pedagogy, andragogy, tutoring, coaching, training, tutelage, guidance
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Origin

Late Middle English: from Latin aedificatio(n-), from aedificare ‘build’ (see edify).

Pronunciation

edification

/ˌedəfəˈkāSH(ə)n//ˌɛdəfəˈkeɪʃ(ə)n/