ed·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion ˌe-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce edification (audio)
: an act or process of edifying

Examples of edification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Our species draws upon them for pleasure, for edification, for inspiration and motivation, and sometimes for a cheesy simulacrum of such things. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 15 Jan. 2024 The problem is that edification isn’t in and of itself dramatic or even necessarily nuanced. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 5 Dec. 2023 The report is based on data from 2021 and is intended for the edification of business and political leaders. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 28 Sep. 2023 Fox News put on a Republican presidential debate with enough moments of edification and entertainment to justify the ticket price. The Editors, National Review, 24 Aug. 2023 At each of these visits, Ms. Levick was struck by how the men — imprisoned at such a young age and last in line for any prison edification programs because of their status as lifers — had mastered the nuances of the law and were orchestrating a statewide grass-roots movement from inside prison. Issie Lapowsky Abdul Kircher, New York Times, 15 Aug. 2023 The idea that the disease might be self-inflicted was a way to exert control over what was, once an attack started, uncontrollable, and to give the pain meaning, as a path to edification and redemption, since for centuries, sacrifice of earthly pleasures was the only relief. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 13 Nov. 2020 Freer procured Egyptian objects in part to compare them, for his own edification, with ones from East Asia. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2023 Imagine giving help desk staff the ability to research customer interactions or add notes to customer records while on the call, and then tie this data back across your UCaaS, help desk, and customer relationship management (CRM) tools for later edification. Neil McAllister, PCMAG, 2 Feb. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of edification was in the 14th century

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“Edification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edification. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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