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 The thinking class in the U.S. has always been of the opinion that the majority of Americans need edification. Elizabeth Powers, National Review, "Thomas Mann in America," 5 Dec. 2019 Simply put, for my personal edification but also for the benefit of the congregation. Myrna Petlicki, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Kyle Cotler, cantor," 6 Dec. 2019 For hundreds of years, public writing was limited to formal contexts like newspapers and books, written by educated people using very formal language for the edification of other educated people. Mara Katz, Ars Technica, "Because Internet makes a linguist’s case for l33t speak, other online-text fads," 2 Nov. 2019 So each year — for their own edification — 5% of the Legislature (or six out of the 120 lawmakers) should have their homes condemned. Joe Mathews, The Mercury News, "Mathews: Legislators should feel the housing crisis like the rest of us," 21 June 2019 For their edification, the company published booklets of simple instructions and recipes. Moira Hodgson, WSJ, "‘Jell-O Girls’ Review: They Broke the Mold," 13 Sep. 2018 For your early-rising edification, here are the nightly routines that make their mornings possible, sorted from earliest to latest wake-up time. 1. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "41 Morning People Share the Bedtime Routines That Help Them Wake Up So Early," 7 June 2018 The children take turns reciting from a family Bible for practice in reading and elocution, not to mention spiritual edification. Michael Marissen, New York Times, "Bach Was Far More Religious Than You Might Think," 30 Mar. 2018 Loss of originality is an anxiety sufficiently deep to resist many efforts (and many years) of pragmatic edification. Priscilla Gilman, BostonGlobe.com, "A long and winding road but to where?," 30 Mar. 2018

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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 28 Feb. 2020.

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