Antonyms for edification

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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR EDIFICATION

His lordship had been an ear-witness to part of the colloquy, very much to his edification.

Will you then kindly answer, for the edification of the company and of myself?

We greatly admired the map which accompanied them for the edification of the shareholders.

The parable was plainly intended for the edification of the Twelve.

I pray you teach my cure the Scripture of God, and that may be to edification.

He did not reply, lest the power given for edification should turn to destruction.

A single school of whales exhibited their flukes for our edification—so I heard.

No one could get edification from an artistic 451representation of a man hanging on the gallows.

Legends and history were of equal value, since both were used for edification.

They find comfort and edification in an abstract and learned phraseology.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-14c., in religious use, "building up of the soul," from Old French edification and directly from Latin aedificationem (nominative aedificatio) "construction, building," in Late Latin "spiritual improvement," from past participle stem of aedificare (see edifice). Religious use is as translation of Greek oikodome in I Cor. xiv. Meaning "mental improvement" is 1650s. Literal sense of "building" is rare in English.

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