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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Other Words from edifying

edifyingly adverb

Examples of edifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But those who do seek out ‘Stuck Rubber Baby’ are in for an edifying experience. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, "Howard Cruse, underground cartoonist and ‘godfather of queer comics,’ dies at 75," 4 Dec. 2019 Walker’s edifying biography deconstructs the legendary composer’s life and works with zeal. Washington Post, "50 notable works of nonfiction in 2019," 21 Nov. 2019 Of course, edifying sermons about a moderate and compromising consensus will never pierce as deep as the primal and particular certainties and grievances that animate our politics. Thomas Chatterton Williams, Harper's magazine, "An Incoherent Truth," 20 Jan. 2020 But in this particular moment, there are far better and more edifying ways to waste five hours. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "What Makes Apple TV+’s Servant So Callous," 28 Nov. 2019 One of the most edifying and delicious guides is Culinary Backstreets, which offers tours in more than a dozen markets. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Why do restaurants ask for a credit card to hold a reservation? A few bad apples.," 27 Nov. 2019 In this way, Richard Jewell brings edifying contrast to the current impeachment show trials. Armond White, National Review, "Richard Jewell Is Eastwood’s History of the Future," 13 Dec. 2019 The effect is funny, uncomfortable and even edifying. E.b. | New York, The Economist, "Rhys Ernst on the furore over his new film, “Adam”," 13 Aug. 2019 The results, as enshrined in Tracy’s status as a near-universal object of contempt (and Mr. M’s as an afterthought) aren’t especially edifying. New York Times, "What America Gets Wrong About Tracy Flick," 27 Sep. 2017

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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 3 Jul. 2020.

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