verb (used with object), ed·i·fied, ed·i·fy·ing.

  1. to instruct or benefit, especially morally or spiritually; uplift: religious paintings that edify the viewer.


  1. not having the result of improving morality, intellect, etc

verb -fies, -fying or -fied

  1. (tr) to improve the morality, intellect, etc, of, esp by instruction

v.mid-14c., “to build, construct,” also, in figurative use, “to build up morally or in faith,” from Old French edefiier “build, install, teach, instruct (morally),” from Latin aedificare “to build, construct,” in Late Latin “improve spiritually, instruct” (see edifice). Related: Edified; edifying.

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