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

Definition of unedifying

: not morally uplifting or instructive : not edifying … had imagined a possibility of framing an interesting, and perhaps not an unedifying, tale out of the incidents of the life of a doomed individual …— Sir Walter Scott It is possible to write an edifying biography about an unedifying life.— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

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Other Words from unedifying

unedifyingly adverb

Examples of unedifying in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the President’s apologists and attorneys go about their unedifying task of defending the indefensible, Meese may serve as their role model. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "What Ed Meese’s Presidential Medal of Freedom Says About the G.O.P. and Impeachment," 10 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of unedifying

1641, in the meaning defined above

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“Unedifying.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unedifying. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of unedifying

formal : unpleasant and offensive : causing embarrassment

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