What does edifying mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. edifying, enlightening(adj)

    enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement

    "the paintings in the church served an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"


  1. edifying(Adjective)

    That educates, informs, illuminates or instructs.

  2. edifying(Adjective)

    That enlightens or uplifts.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Edifying

    of Edify

  2. Edifying(adj)

    instructing; improving; as, an edifying conversation


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of edifying in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of edifying in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Flannery O'Connor:

    Poorly written novels--no matter how pious and edifying the behavior of the characters--are not good in themselves and are therefore not really edifying.

  2. James Madison:

    What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their natural and surest support.

  3. Diego Costa:

    Diego can be judged on whether he plays well or not but he has n’t committed any crime, his conduct with us has always been correct, there have been some episodes which have n’t been edifying but he has always shown a great attitude with us and we appreciate that.

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