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

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edifyingly adverb

Examples of edifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For introverts with an extrovert career, news conferences are not edifying. Los Angeles Times, 2 June 2021 At the same time, monitoring the human face through technology has become the default mode of public encounter in less edifying ways. Paul Elie, The New Yorker, 4 May 2021 But sometimes, acknowledging the pain of your past and present in order to look ahead to a brighter future can be an even more important emotional journey to take yourself on, as Muna so elegantly proves with this edifying song. Billboard Staff, Billboard, 7 May 2020 Through vignettes and journal entries, Lightman offers observations in a tone that is edifying and companionable – a bonus for those of us who are not theoretical physicists like the author. Noah Robertson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Mar. 2021 More edifying than Gates’s work on the innovation front is that of economist Mariana Mazzucato, an expert on innovation pathways and critic of patent hoarding. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 3 Mar. 2021 His challenge was to examine our own hearts and motives, to have honest and edifying conversations, to trust the holy spirit to enable change and to not fuel the wrong fire. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, 19 Jan. 2021 The idea that art is edifying, educational and generally good for us is a form of contemporary cant that has lately — and lamentably — overtaken other ideas of what art might be. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2020 Other sketches are less edifying, such as the tangential tale of the trucking magnate who invented container shipping in 1956. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Oct. 2020

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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 24 Jun. 2021.

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