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Definition to instruct — morally or intellectually
  • She edifies and inspires her supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
  • I do not suppose the situation my friend Mrs Rooke is in at present, will furnish much either to interest or edify me.
    Austen, Jane  --  Persuasion
  • Still, everything he read he passed along to me, but with this difference: formerly, because he thought I'd like it; now, for my edification and instruction.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • edification = education
  • I knew you must be edified by the margent ere you had done.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • edified = instructed
  • Can you inquire him out, and be edified by report?
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • edified = instructed
  • You're on your bed trimming your toenails with a knife — not a very edifying sight — and as for me....
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • edifying = instructive
  • It was very edifying, baby.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  A Farewell to Arms
  • edifying = instructive
  • "No," said Atticus, "putting his life's history on display for the edification of the neighborhood."
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • edification = instruction
  • We get the ransom, museum gets the painting, cops get to close the case, insurance company gets its money back, public is edified, everyone wins.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Look then to be well edified when the fool delivers the madman:—'By the Lord, madam,—'
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • For your edification I did both.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • As a journalist, I found it edifying to experience things from the other side of the fence.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • There was, as usual, the dissertation upon wines, not very. edifying," John Quincy recorded after another dinner.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • I started my speech by telling the board I had gotten a haircut for their edification and to ensure that they would listen to what I had to say.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • I have composed many a homily on her back, to the edification of my brethren of the convent, and many poor Christian souls.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • The "Gospels" come later and were written not to make Christians but to edify Christians already made.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • You'll no' forget this, my dear, but bear it in mind for your edification and government.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pathfinder
  • After that, Mrs. E.C.B. composed verse for her private edification.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Dr. Jordan, he said, was to be congratulated upon the edifying remarks with which he had honoured them today.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • I take it then that you did not find your stay in England altogether edifying.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King's Horseman

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