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EtymologyEdit

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

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  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˈɛd.ɪ.fɪs/
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edifice (plural edifices)

  1. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially a large and spectacular one
  2. An abstract structure; a school of thought.
    • 1904, Edward S. Holden, “Copernicus”, in Popular science monthly, volume 65, page 117:
      The real difficulty was moral, not intellectual. Was the whole edifice of Ptolemy to be destroyed?

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