V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: the improvement of understanding, especially through instruction or enlightenment

Synonyms: instruction, education, guidance, learning, enlightenment, clarification

Antonyms: complication, obstruction

Tips: Notice how the words edification and education sound very similar. This is a good way to help remember the meaning of edification. Edification is often considered to mean "spiritual enlightenment" but is generally used when referring to any kind of education, clarification, or a better understanding of an issue. The verb edify means "to improve one's mind, educate, or clarify." The adjective edifying means "educational or instructive." See the related word didactic for additional analysis.

Usage Examples:

For my own edification, would you mind explaining this new technology further; I find it fascinating. (education, clarification)

I read the software manual from cover-to-cover for no reason other than my own edification. (instruction, education)

I read books for pleasure rather than edification, but I find that I usually learn something from most everything I read. (education, learning)

That class was easy and boring, not edifying at all. (educational, instructive, enlightening) adjective

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