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edification

If something is for your edification, watch out! It means it's designed to improve you in some way, whether morally, educationally, or spiritually.

Originally edification had a strictly religious sense, in the meaning of "building up of the soul," from the Latin term aedificationem, for "construction" or "building." From the same word we get edifice, meaning a building, especially a large and imposing one. So, you see, edification is all about efforts to build you into a more sound human being. Children can have a particular dislike for TV shows or books that are considered edifying by their parents or teachers.

Definitions of edification
  1. noun
    uplifting enlightenment
    synonyms: sophistication
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    types:
    disenchantment, disillusion, disillusionment
    freedom from false belief or illusions
    type of:
    enlightenment
    education that results in understanding and the spread of knowledge
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