ed·​i·​fy·​ing | \ ˈe-də-ˌfī-iŋ How to pronounce edifying (audio) \

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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Some point to obvious, albeit less edifying, explanations. Jack Wertheimer, WSJ, "Why Go to Synagogue Once a Year?," 6 Sep. 2018 Europe is girding for the return of U.S. nuclear sanctions on Iran next month, and the spectacle in Brussels isn’t exactly edifying. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Europe’s Iran Options," 25 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of edifying

1526, in the meaning defined above

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