Edifice meaning

ĕdə-fĭs
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Any elaborately constructed institution, organization, etc.
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The definition of an edifice is a complex concept or is a large and imposing building.

An example of an edifice is the reasoning behind the theory of relativity.

An example of an edifice is a huge, multi-story court house.

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A building, especially one of imposing appearance or size.
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An elaborate conceptual structure.

Observations that provided the foundation for the edifice of evolutionary theory.

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A building, esp. a large, imposing one.
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A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially an imposing one; a large or fine building, public or private.
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An abstract structure; a school of thought.
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Origin of edifice

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin aedificium from aedificāre to build aedis a building -ficāre -fy

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English edifice, from Old French edifice, reborrowed from Latin aedificium (“building”), derived from aedificāre (“to build, establish”) (whence also edify).

    From Wiktionary