ed·​i·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌe-də-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce edification (audio) \

Definition of edification

: an act or process of edifying

Examples of edification in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This was years before the advent of NBA TV, of course, so the Clippers called N.B.A. Entertainment in Secaucus, N.J., to assemble a Baylor highlight reel on VHS tape for my edification. New York Times, "What’s Wrong With the Los Angeles Lakers," 7 Apr. 2021 Here's a roundup of recommendations from Monitor readers that are sure to deliver satisfaction and edification. Monitor Readers, The Christian Science Monitor, "Tried and tested book recommendations from readers," 4 Mar. 2021 Scorsese is simply nostalgic for what used to be populist — the edification of uplifting, revelatory art. Armond White, National Review, "Scorsese’s Nostalgic Lament Hides a Backlash," 19 Feb. 2021 So here's a (very) brief history for your edification. The Editors Of Popular Mechanics, Popular Mechanics, "Where 'Roger That' Really Comes From," 20 Jan. 2021 But with their pantries full, self-isolators turned to fiction for escapism and edification. The Economist, "Book-binding Bertelsmann snags Simon & Schuster," 25 Nov. 2020 Those who would inquire fruitfully need to be able to tell the difference, not only for their own edification, but for the good of all. Marcello Fiocco, The Conversation, "Why questions (good and bad) matter," 2 Nov. 2020 Among the later services was the provision of library boxes that included two or three dozen volumes and which were loaned to outbound ships for the enjoyment and edification of the crew. David James, Anchorage Daily News, "Even as they desperately fled death, Arctic explorers carried books. This new volume examines what they were reading.," 26 Sep. 2020 From the beginning of Trump’s presidency, CBP officials embraced, and modified, his original vision for a Great Wall-style edification along the border, resulting in the see-through steel bollard design now under construction. Nick Miroff, Washington Post, "Trump administration hires tech firm to build a virtual border wall, an idea Democrats have praised," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of edification

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Edification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edification. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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