Definition of edification noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

edification

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˌedɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌedɪfɪˈkeɪʃn//
 
[uncountable](formal or humorous)
 
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the improvement of somebody’s mind or character The books were intended for the edification of the masses. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin aedificatio(n-), from aedificare ‘build’, from aedis ‘dwelling’ + facere ‘make’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: edification