Definition of edifice in English:


Syllabification: ed·i·fice
Pronunciation: /ˈedəfis


  • 1A building, especially a large, imposing one.
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    • Residential buildings and public edifices were built on a far larger scale than in previous years.
    • Forget your monuments, buildings and other such edifices, this city has trees.
    • It is an imposing edifice, a mock temple based on the classical Greek model, with a fine pediment and no fewer than six columns.
    building, structure, construction, erection, pile, complex; property, development, premises
  • 2A complex system of beliefs: the concepts on which the edifice of capitalism was built
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    • Among the core fantasies on which the entire edifice rests is the belief that something called True Love exists.
    • Poverty and wars are becoming the order of the world threatening to demolish the very edifice patriarchal capitalism strives to protect.
    • All societies have moral rules, but only a few have elaborated them into systems - into what might be called moral edifices.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin aedificium, from aedis 'dwelling' + facere 'make'.

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