edifice

noun
ed·i·fice | \ ˈe-də-fəs \

Definition of edifice 

1 : building especially : a large or massive structure

2 : a large abstract structure holds together the social edifice —R. H. Tawney

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Synonyms for edifice

Synonyms

building, structure

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Examples of edifice in a Sentence

a magnificent edifice with a domed ceiling the U.S. Capitol is one of our nation's most impressive edifices

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Now Sawyer is in Hong Kong to provide fire-safety analysis of the world’s tallest building, a $6 billion edifice about to open officially with more than 200 stories of offices, apartments, and a kind of rooftop holodeck. Gary Thompson, Philly.com, "The Rock's towering presence fails to elevate 'Skyscraper'," 11 July 2018 On Thursday, veteran education entrepreneur Chris Whittle plans to announce the debut of the D.C. campus in fall 2019 at a prominent site near a cluster of embassies — the striking aluminum and glass edifice at 4000 Connecticut Ave. Nick Anderson, Washington Post, "Private school with global ambition to open in D.C. and China in 2019," 7 Feb. 2018 That fear takes on visible form in the items of empty clothing suspended spookily above David Israel Reynoso’s set, whose urban-edifice walls rise to reveal the bare studs and exposed wiring of the women’s scruffy apartment. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A struggle to cling to identity is at heart of La Jolla Playhouse's quietly moving 'Queens'," 10 July 2018 To visit the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the granite, slate and cast iron edifice across West Executive Avenue from the White House where most of the president’s staff works, at times feels like walking through a ghost town. Peter Baker, New York Times, "A Whirlwind Envelops the White House, and the Revolving Door Spins," 12 Feb. 2018 While the restaurant’s DNA hasn’t changed over time, the edifice has undergone a few expansions, most recently in 2011. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Roma D'Italia, an Old Town Tustin mainstay, is still the pride of the Corea family," 31 May 2018 An odd mix of violent traditionalism and European-style urban modernisation—both financed by the government—is a key element in Mr Putin’s political edifice. The Economist, "Fresh challenges for Vladimir Putin in his supposedly final term," 10 May 2018 The edifice feels unfinished, conditional, predicated on a future to which the composer could no longer fully subscribe. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, "Takacs journey to heart of Shostakovich, Beethoven," 25 Mar. 2018 The vast edifice was built over two earlier churches and inaugurated by Emperor Justinian in 537. Karen Fedorko Sefer, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Istanbul," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of edifice

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for edifice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificare

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edifice

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English Language Learners Definition of edifice

: a large and usually impressive building (such as a church or government building)

edifice

noun
ed·i·fice | \ ˈe-də-fəs \

Kids Definition of edifice

: a large or impressive building

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