edification

noun
ed·i·fi·ca·tion | \ˌe-də-fə-ˈkā-shən \

Definition of edification 

: an act or process of edifying

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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 This seems to be part of an administration-wide effort to treat the nation’s largest state not as an object of loving persuasion but as a target, and as a demon-figure for the edification and excitement of people in Trump Country. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Trip to California Aims to Displease," 8 Mar. 2018 Milwaukee tests just one electronic voting machine for the public's edification. Jim Stingl, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Stingl: Milwaukee's voting equipment tests out accurately — and Russian-free," 14 Feb. 2018 The site was hardly a Gateway Arch, but the quaint enthusiasm of its preservation aims offered some bite-size edification. Jamie Lauren Keiles, New York Times, "Letter of Recommendation: ‘Passport to Your National Parks’," 21 Dec. 2017 Critics of Weil's notion observe that museums used to be about education, and the object of education is not fun; it's edification and elucidation. Steve Haycox, Alaska Dispatch News, "Museum gallery treats history with disdain," 21 Sep. 2017 Luckily, most of Ms. Ettinger’s ramblings aren’t so theatrical and instead bring surprising moments of joy and edification. Adam Ried, WSJ, "The Scoop on Ice Cream," 25 Aug. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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