from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Instructing; improving.

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  • adjective That educates, informs, illuminates or instructs.
  • adjective That enlightens or uplifts.
  • verb Present participle of edify.

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  • adjective enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual or moral improvement


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  • My adjectival use: 'You need to read edifying books.'

    August 22, 2011