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 his thoughts on the history of language and literature are quite edifying.— Joe Queenan

Other Words from edifying

edifyingly adverb

Examples of edifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are few days that pass when we are not reminded of technology’s power to change the world, a prospect that is sometimes frightening, but more often edifying. Martin Boyd, Forbes, 25 July 2022 Sure, race is always relevant, and stories that use it as a prism are largely edifying, giving dimension to the figures in our history books. New York Times, 12 Apr. 2022 Sometimes, what the previous owners have scribbled in the margins is at least as edifying as what the authors have to say. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 17 Jan. 2022 Really, Get Back is a show about process and compromise, and the mercurial nature of creativity and the value of an edifying work-life balance. Craig Jenkins, Vulture, 29 Nov. 2021 Devoid of insight and ricocheting between dull vulgarity and vacuous hero worship, the show, which had its official opening Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre, is less edifying than a scroll through the archives of the tabloids. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 The important points are all underscored in an edifying drama that nevertheless feels burdened by good intentions. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 As Will Oremus recently explained in The Washington Post, the underlying issue is tech companies’ use of ranking algorithms designed to show users whatever is most engaging, rather than what is most edifying. Gilad Edelman, Wired, 28 July 2021 For introverts with an extrovert career, news conferences are not edifying. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of edifying

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Edifying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/edifying. Accessed 17 Aug. 2022.

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