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Friday, November 6

Edify

[EH-də-fi]

Part of speech: verb

Origin: Middle English, 14th century

1.

Instruct or improve (someone) morally or intellectually.

Examples of Edify in a sentence

"The professor looked forward to the chance to edify her students."

"My parents wished to edify me in multiple languages from an early age."

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About Edify

Edify came from the Latin words "aedis" (dwelling) and "facere" (make), which means building a structure. Your moral structure may not be a physical building, but it's no less sturdy.

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A clergyman's sermon attempts to edify an audience, usually by instilling moral practices into a religious congregation. However, anyone trying to instill a moral or intellectual concept is practicing edification.

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