from The Century Dictionary.
- Tending to edification.
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- adjective Tending to edification.
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- adjective Tending to
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In the President's defense, it seems only fair to concede that what few books he is publicly known to have opened don't seem all that edificatory.
Moreover, we must remember that we are not here dealing with an account set down by the patient herself, but with an edificatory inscription put up by the temple officials.
The Legacy of Greece Essays By: Gilbert Murray, W. R. Inge, J. Burnet, Sir T. L. Heath, D'arcy W. Thompson, Charles Singer, R. W. Livingston, A. Toynbee, A. E. Zimmern, Percy Gardner, Sir Reginald Blomfield
Ethics itself appears not as yet in scientific form and apart from the presentation of the subject-matter of dogmatics; it appears more in the popular edificatory than in the scientific writings, and approaches more nearly a scientific form in the works written in self-defense against the heathen.
F.H. C. Schwarz of Heidelberg in his “Evangelically-Christian Ethics,” 1821, presents ethics in two different forms, in the first volume in a scientific, in the second in an edificatory form, but which is designed to serve at the same time in elucidation of the first, — presenting for the most part a simple evangelical view, brief, clear, — but without deeper foundation.
 Edited by Schlosser, 1833 (in modern German); his sermons are mostly practico-edificatory.
Gregory the Great, basing himself on Augustine, wrote moral expositions (Moralia) of the Book of Job, of Solomon’s Song, etc., and other rather edificatory than scientific works of the same class; most influential was his Regula pastoralis, which treated of the clerical calling more especially under its moral phase.