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 for Edifying
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Edifying \Ed"i*fy`ing\, a.
     Instructing; improving; as, an edifying conversation. --
     Ed"i*fy`ing*ly, adv. -- Ed"i*fy`ing*ness, n.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Edify \Ed"i*fy\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Edified; p. pr. & vb. n.
     Edifying.] [F. ['e]difier, L. aedificare; aedes a building,
     house, orig., a fireplace (akin to Gr. ? to burn, Skr. idh to
     kindle, OHG. eit funeral pile, AS. [=a]d, OIr. aed fire) +
     facere to make. See Fact, -fy.]
     1. To build; to construct. [Archaic]
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              There was a holy chapel edified.      --Spenser.
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     2. To instruct and improve, especially in moral and religious
        knowledge; to teach.
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              It does not appear probable that our dispute [about
              miracles] would either edify or enlighten the
              public.                               --Gibbon.
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     3. To teach or persuade. [Obs.] --Bacon.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  edifying
      adj 1: enlightening or uplifting so as to encourage intellectual
             or moral improvement; "the paintings in the church served
             an edifying purpose even for those who could not read"
             [syn: edifying, enlightening] [ant: unedifying,
             unenlightening]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  24 Moby Thesaurus words for "edifying":
     autodidactic, coeducational, cultural, didactic, disciplinary,
     educating, educational, educative, enlightening, exhortatory,
     homiletic, hortatory, illuminating, informative, initiatory,
     instructive, introductory, lecturing, preaching, preceptive,
     propaedeutic, self-teaching, teaching, tuitionary
  
  

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