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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ A good autumn wind would bring the whole edifice crashing to earth.
▪ If so, the whole edifice so carefully reconstructed by Finnis is in danger of collapse.
▪ Managerial authority, and indeed the whole edifice of organisational power, represent the rights of ownership delegated to management.
▪ Why did she feel then that the whole edifice was about to crumble and fall down, leaving her exposed and defenceless?
▪ Because after all, you built this edifice to be accepted by the world.
▪ What is the overall impression of the built edifice to the human experience of visitors to that place?
▪ The Times is housed in an imposing edifice on 1st Street.
▪ The whole edifice of the family's thinking rested on the notion of hard work.
▪ And this was an edifice that would house the greatest mystery of all: wine into blood, bread into flesh.
▪ Dauntless regarded this imposing edifice with dismay.
▪ Eventually the theory becomes a creaking and ugly edifice.
▪ Evidence such as this serves to undermine the apparently monolithic edifice of Victorianism.
▪ Replacing that foundation, we fear, will topple the edifice.
▪ The primary edifice, Mandeville Center, is about as inviting as a concrete bunker.
▪ Then he crossed the street in front of the National Gallery, glancing up at the massive edifice of the building in the process.
▪ To cast doubt on the importance of production is thus to bring into questIon the foundation of the entire edifice.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Edifice \Ed"i*fice\, n. [L. aedificium, fr. aedificare: cf. F. A building; a structure; an architectural fabric; -- chiefly applied to elegant houses, and other large buildings; as, a palace, a church, a statehouse.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from Old French edifice "building" (12c.), from Latin aedificium "building," from aedificare "to erect a building," from aedis, variant of aedes "temple, sanctuary," usually a single edifice without partitions, also, in the plural, "dwelling house, building," originally "a place with a hearth" + the root of facere "to make" (see factitious).\n

\nAedis is from PIE *aidh- "to burn" (cognates: Greek aithein "to burn," Sanskrit inddhe "burst into flames," Old Irish aed "fire," Welsh aidd "heat, zeal," Old High German eit "funeral pile"), from root *ai- (2) "to burn" (see ash (n.1)).


n. 1 A building; a structure; an architectural fabric, especially an imposing one; a large or fine building, public or private. 2 An abstract structure; a school of thought.


n. a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice" [syn: building]

Usage examples of "edifice".

The carriage turned onto a cross street and they passed an open gate, Alec glimpsed an expanse of open ground and beyond it a sprawling edifice of pale grey stone decorated along the battlements with patterns of black and white.

Satisfied with the contents of the parcel and a second coin, the chief warder turned Alec over to another guard, who led him into the depths of the chilly edifice.

But the new bell tower looked awkward near the fine, late Roman concrete, marble, and brick basilican edifice.

As they passed the large edifice of the Beit el Mai there was a disturbance down the street ahead of them.

What utter folly for any public man whose position is not inherited and cannot be bequeathed to his posterity, to support the edifice of his grandeur on any other basis than the noblest virtue practised for the general good, and to suppose that he can ensure the continuance of his own fortune otherwise than by taking all precautions against sudden whirlwinds which are want to arise in the midst of a calm, and to blow up the storm-clouds I mean the host of enemies.

Hence he did not attempt to convey what had chanced to occur, but, ignoring the humans he encountered on his way through the palace, Bozo left the immense edifice by the nearest exit and galloped through the parks and gardens, soon gaining the streets of the city beyond.

Pinkerton studied the house, a two-story edifice with basement, and a central stairs leading to a porch and entrance.

From the throne whence the emperor viewed the Circensian games a winding staircase descended to the palace, a magnificent edifice, which scarcely yielded to the residence of Rome itself, and which, together with the dependent courts, gardens, and porticoes, covered a considerable extent of ground upon the banks of the Propontis between the Hippodrome and the church of St.

Smiling to himself, Cyon reexamined the address noted on the summons and quickly found the edifice of Das Mi, dealer in demons, new and used.

Italia and in outlying provinces too, there stood newly erected edifices and lovingly refurbished old ones bearing dedicatory tiles gratefully affixed by the local folk: REG DN THEOD FELIX ROMAE.

I knew only that I was in a round, roofless, doorless edifice of some hard, smooth, perfectly transparent, non-refractive and non-reflective material, a hundred yards in diameter, with many corridors, and with a small circular room at the centre.

I was pouring something from one test-tube to another, and West was busy over the alcohol blast-lamp which had to answer for a Bunsen burner in this gasless edifice, when from the pitch-black room we had left there burst the most appalling and demoniac succession of cries that either of us had ever heard.

I was pouring something from one test-tube to another, and West was busy over the alcohol blast-lamp which had to answer for a Bunsen burner in this gasless edifice, when from the pitch-black room we had left there burst the most appalling and daemoniac succession of cries that either of us had ever heard.

There were immense dark avenues separating heavy gasometers standing one behind another, like monstrous columns, unequally high and, undoubtedly, in the past the supports of some tremendous, some fearful iron edifice.

It is not a happy place and the more I studied it, the more I learned of what had happened since the Gigantine War and the death of the king and queen, the more I became convinced that the edifice was rotting from within.