ed·​i·​fy·​ing | \ˈe-də-ˌfī-iŋ \

Definition of edifying 

: instructive or informative in a way that improves the mind or character an edifying discussion Much of Mr. Kernan's scholarship is impressive, and many of this thoughts on the history of language and literature are quite edifying.— Joe Queenan

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edifyingly adverb

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The brilliant white interior with mile-high ceilings makes a naturally edifying setting for hearing lectures, seeing exhibitions, or browsing French books. Isa Tousignant, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Montreal," 17 Aug. 2018 But what does-though a thousand times more generous-isn't a whole lot more edifying. Tony Adler, Chicago Reader, "The members of Support Group for Men don’t get eviscerated, but what does happen isn’t much more edifying," 2 July 2018 Usually, my friends, over my objections, preferred this to playing ball—or to other popular, if less edifying, neighborhood pursuits, such as tearing hood ornaments off parked cars. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "How Fortnite Captured Teens’ Hearts and Minds," 14 May 2018 Hearing his explanations for them is all the more edifying. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Coal Cloud, VW Charge, Twitter Passwords: CEO Daily for May 4, 2018," 4 May 2018 Many of us want food that comes with edifying stories—organic farming, sustainable fishing, artisanal cheesemaking—and shun the processed products of the global food industry. Nicola Temple, WSJ, "Give Processed Food a Break," 4 May 2018 And the most edifying source to hear that from is another sister. Ramona Saviss, The Hollywood Reporter, "2018 Oscars Party Diary: Inside the A-List Parties and Events (Updating)," 1 Mar. 2018 Lord knows the show’s curators, led by the Met’s Sheena Wagstaff and Luke Syson, go into that question, with edifying wall texts and erudite catalogue essays. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "“Like Life” Shows Seven Hundred Years of the Body," 24 Mar. 2018 But try to also be the person who sets in motion the situations and events that will be impactful, memorable and edifying in every way, as much for the body and mind as for the soul. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "Should wine be savored or guzzled? For true pleasure, mindset matters," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of edifying

1526, in the meaning defined above

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