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- adj. That educates, informs, illuminates or instructs.
- adj. That enlightens or uplifts.
- v. Present participle of edify.
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- adj. Instructing; improving.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement
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As I have often noted of recent, the project of giving consideration to why certain manifestations of the sacred arts and architecture are particular edifying is an important exercise, especially for those of you in a position to commission these things, or who might be in the future.
They are very nice examples of the gothic form, employing noble materials, good colour and detailing, and in edifying proportions.
There are however circumstances, I argue, where the use of invective and insult, if not edifying, is at least justifiable.
Godly edifying is the end ministers should aim at in all their discourses, that Christians may be improving in godliness and growing up to a greater likeness to the blessed God.
I agree with Frank on this. one can hardly call the edifying aspects of reading a by-product.
Most collections of lives of the saints, particularly those in modern languages, are inspired by the idea of edifying and interesting the reader, and without any great solicitude for historical truth.
That the story is what may be called edifying can hardly be claimed, but the world has long since ceased to expect -- perhaps even to desire -- that opera should inculcate a lofty moral code.
In the beginning of his work against heresies, he says, “Whereas some having rejected the truth, bringing in lying words, and ‘vain genealogies, rather than godly edifying, which is in faith,’ 1 Tim.i. 4, as saith the apostle.”
The Portuguese monarch praises in round terms the edifying zeal of the primate, but wisely confined himself to his own crusades in India, which were likely to make better returns, at least in this world, than those to Palestine.
Inasmuch  as certain men have set the truth aside, and bring in lying words and vain genealogies, which, as the apostle says,  "minister questions rather than godly edifying which is in faith," and by means of their craftily-constructed plausibilities draw away the minds of the inexperienced and take them captive, [I have felt constrained, my dear friend, to compose the following treatise in order to expose and counteract their machinations.]