Definition of edifice in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈedəfəs/


1A building, especially a large, imposing one.
Example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ed·i·fice

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.