Definition of edification in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌedəfəˈkāSH(ə)n/


The instruction or improvement of a person morally or intellectually: the idea that art’s main purpose is to supply moral uplift and edification
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  • Cemeteries are no longer sites of public moral edification and aesthetic education.
  • We do not customarily look to opera for moral edification.
  • Stories of wonder shifted from instruments of edification to entertainment.
education, instruction, tuition, teaching, training, tutelage, guidance;
enlightenment, cultivation, information;
improvement, development


Late Middle English: from Latin aedificatio(n-), from aedificare 'build' (see edify).

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Syllabification: ed·i·fi·ca·tion

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