[ UK /ˈɛdɪfˌa‍ɪɪŋ/ ]
[ US /ˈɛdəˌfaɪɪŋ/ ]
  1. enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement
    the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read
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How To Use edifying In A Sentence

  • As an unrepentant internet devotee, I spend a lot of time rootling around cyberspace seeking out the edifying and unusual.
  • They are very nice examples of the gothic form, employing noble materials, good colour and detailing, and in edifying proportions. Solemn Mass at Ss. Gregory and Augustine Oratory, St. Louis Abbey
  • We were treated to the unedifying spectacle of two cabinet ministers fighting over a seat.
  • Not very edifying but he would not be the first player to have gone to such extremes. The Sun
  • The Portuguese monarch praises in round terms the edifying zeal of the primate, but wisely confined himself to his own crusades in India, which were likely to make better returns, at least in this world, than those to Palestine. The History of the Reign of Ferdinand and Isabella the Catholic — Volume 3
  • There are about 220 students following the courses and the epistolary relationship with the students is both edifying and gratifying.
  • None of this was particularly edifying, but at least it singled out the middle years as the trickiest. Times, Sunday Times
  • Watching husbands and wives and children all screaming at each other and acting like a ravening pack of spoiled brats for an hour is pretty unedifying stuff.
  • Last night Adelaide viewers were faced with the unedifying sight of having their nightly TV news beamed in from Sydney.
  • Of course, the young people flirted, for that diversion is apparently irradicable even in the "best society," but it was done with a propriety which was edifying to behold. Scarlet Stockings
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