Learning English

Word: Edify

Edify [Verb]

Sentence: The pretense of a lot of political coverage today is that it aims to improve and edify our civic life. The reality is that it’s just whoring for attention. (Source: www.nytimes.com)

Meaning: To instruct or improve someone spiritually, morally or intellectually

How To Remember?

Edify” rhymes with “Rectify” which means to correct someone. Only the former refers to correcting someone to improve and not just correct.


Elevate; Enlighten; Coach; Uplift.


Confuse; Perplex; Puzzle; Obscure.

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[“O Captain! My Captain!” Watch the movie “Dead Poets Society” for being inspired by the edifying John Keating.]

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