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Examples of edify in a Sentence
These books will both entertain and edify readers.
a family-oriented show that tried to edify the television audience as well as entertain it
Recent Examples of edify from the Web
At a time when Britain is fighting rising Islamophobia, the outpouring of affection for an Egyptian-national superstar who is proud and public about his Muslim faith has been edifying.
Architecture to me is successful when the community is empowered by it, is edified by it, and is elevated by it.
Take, as an edifying out-of-town example, the Atlantic Casino Hilton Hotel, built in 1985.
The problem is, the debate usually devolves into a facile back and forth that edifies no one.
And the thought of the administration’s settling for second best out of expediency, or vamping indefinitely until Maestro Right should miraculously appear, wasn’t edifying.
The past several weeks haven’t been particularly edifying for the health of American culture.
Reality agreed to date her high-school boyfriend, Carlos, on certain conditions intended to improve and to edify.
The distillery tour was edifying, the country beautiful, the double-oaked bourbon like drinking an alcoholic waffle.
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edify Has Latin Roots
The Latin noun aedes, meaning "house" or "temple," is the root of aedificare, a verb meaning "to erect a house." Generations of speakers built on that meaning, and by the Late Latin period, the verb had gained the figurative sense of "to instruct or improve spiritually." The word eventually passed through Anglo-French before Middle English speakers adopted it as edify during the 14th century. Two of its early meanings, "to build" and "to establish," are now considered archaic; the only current sense of edify is essentially the same as that figurative meaning in Late Latin, "to instruct and improve in moral and religious knowledge."
Origin and Etymology of edify
EDIFY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of edify for English Language Learners
: to teach (someone) in a way that improves the mind or character
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