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 not for any tactical advantage, but rather for Brown’s personal edification. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 9 May 2022 Reading here is not embraced as mere escape, nor glorified as edification. Nina Renata Aron, Los Angeles Times, 28 Feb. 2022 For decades, hit records have offered instruction and edification, lessons from the Book of Love, step-by-step guides to dance crazes. New York Times, 14 Mar. 2022 International arts exchanges are not just forms of entertainment or edification but a birthright of global citizenship. Suzanne Nossel, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2022 Feeders have long been a popular way to connect with nature and draw in native species and passing migrants for our edification. Asher Elbein, Scientific American, 4 Mar. 2022 In 1712 King Louis XIV of France signed the lettres patentes that formally established Bordeaux’s Royal Academy of Sciences, Belles Lettres, and Arts, a social club of intellectual inquiry and public edification. Andrew S. Curran, The New York Review of Books, 1 Dec. 2021 For your own edification, Miss Manners assures you that snooping is a transgression, but so is offering to give a present back. Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2021 The only way to protect ourselves against the damage caused by Facebook is to start relying on other information sources for joy and edification -- like parks, hobbies, friends and legitimate news sources. Kara Alaimo, CNN, 5 Oct. 2021 See More

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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 27 Jun. 2022.

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