American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size.
- n. An elaborate conceptual structure: observations that provided the foundation for the edifice of evolutionary theory.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric: applied chiefly to large or fine buildings, public or private.
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially an imposing one; a large or fine building, public or private.
- n. An abstract structure; a school of thought.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric; -- chiefly applied to elegant houses, and other large buildings.
- n. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place
- Middle English edifice, from Old French edifice, reborrowed from Latin aedificium ("building"), derived from aedificāre ("to build, establish") (whence also edify). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin aedificium, from aedificāre, to build : aedis, a building + -ficāre, -fy. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The owner of the edifice is a 56 years old landscape architect by the way, and he say an upwards of $12,000 has gone into building thetreehouse.”
“To him this edifice is a beautiful structure, although it will never be finished.”
“Having the bad luck to ascend to Power just as the whole Washington edifice is swirling down the shithole. ha ha ha”
“The entire U.S. geopolitical imperial edifice is a house built on sand.”
“Successful policies & programs might take decades of hard work to carefully craft & hordes of active & involved supporters to defend them against the forces of reaction & hate while the edifice is being built & occupied.”
“That whole rather rickety edifice is being swept away and replaced with a much simpler system," Sampson said.”
“The Eiffel-like edifice is modelled on the 1799 Faversham church spire which adopted very similar buttresses in order to soften the blow should it fall into the town as a result of an explosion at the nearby gunpowder works.”
“Even his grand Social Security edifice is under assault by the vandals of the G.O.P. Conservatives insist the cuts are necessary to get the roaring federal budget deficit under control.”
“Now on the one hand, as we have seen, every brick making up this massive conceptual edifice is a friable mixture of untruth, half-truth, hypothesis or assertion.”
“The old blueprints were found much later and the reconstructed edifice is a replica of how it was before the bad times.”
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