v. instruct or correct, especially so as to encourage intellectual, moral, or spiritual improvement
Although his purpose was to edify and not to entertain his audience, many of his listeners were amused rather than enlightened.
Sentence in Classic:
She said the count had died as she would herself wish to die, that his end was not only touching but edifying.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context
He imagined men such as he had himself been a fortnight ago, and he addressed an edifying exhortation to them.
War and Peace(V2) By Leo Tolstoy Context
The sound of our pens going refreshed us exceedingly, insomuch that I sometimes found it difficult to distinguish between this edifying business proceeding and actually paying the money.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
But peasants from the neighbouring country were not refused admittance; for it was the pride of Beaumanoir to render the edifying spectacle of the justice which he administered as public as possible.
There are a perfect host of Clarksons and Wilberforces* risen up among us on that subject, most edifying to hear and behold.
Uncle Tom's Cabin By Harriet Beecher Stowe Context