[ US /ˈɛdəfəs/ ]
[ UK /ˈɛdɪfɪs/ ]
  1. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
    it was an imposing edifice
    there was a three-story building on the corner
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How To Use edifice In A Sentence

  • The chapel or church claims greater antiquity than any other in that part of the kingdom; but there is no appearance of this in the external aspect of the present edifice, unless it be in the two eastern windows, which remain unmodernized, and in the lower part of the steeple. The Life of Charlotte Bronte
  • Evidence such as this serves to undermine the apparently monolithic edifice of Victorianism.
  • Before this ugly edifice, and between it and the wheel-track of the street, was a grass-plot, much overgrown with burdock, pig-weed, apple-pern, and such unsightly vegetation, which evidently found something congenial in the soil that had so early borne the black flower of civilised society, a prison. The Scarlet Letter
  • It was before we learnt once and for all that the financial edifice erected over the past two decades was rotten at the core. Times, Sunday Times
  • The true doctors are those in general practice, outside the gilded edifices. Times, Sunday Times
  • In the newer radio drama, classical and real-world references are less overt but underpin the edifice. Times, Sunday Times
  • He likes to pile them up into steepling edifices. Times, Sunday Times
  • One after another the _antichi spiriti dolenti_ rise up and salute the new edifice: Nimrod and the Assyrians, Anglo-Saxon ealdormen and Norman knights templars, and citizens of ancient Bristol. A History of English Romanticism in the Eighteenth Century
  • As if Ian Hamilton Finlay were not to be remembered here, he appears, in the form of a reference to his home, a little country estate which he filled with literary sculpture of his devisal, much as Simon Cutts has decorated his quaint Irish dwelling, Coracle, and outbuildings with words, turning edifice into literature. dbqp: visualizing poetics
  • And, indeed, so solitary and remote is this ancient edifice, and so simple is the mode of living of the people in this by-corner of Spain, that the appearance of even a sorry calesa might well cause astonishment. The Life and Voyages of Christopher Columbus
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