edification

noun
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 Seek education, edification, and inspiration, not fame. Ew Staff, EW.com, "Read the late Eric Jerome Dickey's words about his final novel, The Son of Mr. Suleman," 19 Apr. 2021 Those who answered the call to buy a $2.75 ticket for the five-day program could enjoy entertainment and edification from the Great Lakes String Quartet, who had even entertained President and Mrs. Woodrow Wilson. Joy Wallace Dickinson, orlandosentinel.com, "In April 1920, Orlandoans flocked to Chautauqua tent to learn, laugh," 18 Apr. 2021 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

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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 12 May. 2021.

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