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Definition a building — especially a large one


a conceptual or organizational framework
  • The corporation was housed in an imposing edifice.
edifice = a building — especially a large one
  • He was determined to defeat the bill and tear down the entire edifice of free trade treaties.
  • That edifice is colossal.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • edifice = building
  • It gave beauty to the old edifice, and seemed to make it a part of nature.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • edifice = building
  • He saw a little glow ahead of him, and then without interval a tall flame leaped up in the dark with a crackling roar, and a tall edifice of fire lighted the pathway.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • edifice = framework
  • The wind, playing upon the edifice, produced a booming tune, like the note of some gigantic one-stringed harp.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d'Urbervilles
  • The Shah ordered him to construct an edifice of this kind.
    Gaston Leroux  --  The Phantom of the Opera
  • And—a small bonus here—a woman who was, in George's observation, "built like a brick edifice.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • It was in the green burial-place of this edifice that Mrs. Touchett consigned her son to earth.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • Misuse of public funds, waste and corruption had reached such proportions during his administration that the edifice was toppling of its own weight.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • She looked microscopically at the lines of her flanks, wondering how soon the fine, slim edifice would begin to sink squat and earthward.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • That dreadful question, "What for?" which had formerly destroyed all his mental edifices, no longer existed for him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • Another edifice constructed by the human mind, decimated by human nature.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • He landed and the whole edifice swayed drunkenly.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Some large permanent brick edifices have already been reared on the scene of the ruins, and many others are in the process of erection....
    Jim Murphy  --  The Great Fire
  • I know they've sent countless packages that are piled up somewhere in the great, crumbling postal edifice downtown.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • My eyes searched the dark narrow passage to the right of the wide square edifice under the tower.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • CHAPTER X Carley's edifice of hopes, dreams, aspirations, and struggles fell in ruins about her.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • The huge edifice seemed to sway overhead, hundreds of feet high, a sheer cliff of stone.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • The well-crafted social edifice, the perfection of humanity, the new Jerusalem.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain

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