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▪ If you do, you find yourself faced with unedifying alternatives such as those which Lewis proposes.
▪ It was heard loud and clear in the unedifying battles of the early eighties.
▪ Middlesex acted swiftly after an unedifying scene at Fenner's in mid-April.
▪ That unedifying but intriguing little episode must have been round the Lab within minutes of its happening.

a. Not edifying.


adj. not edifying [syn: unenlightening] [ant: edifying]

Usage examples of "unedifying".

With no more waiting he took his seat at the head of the board, and, plunging his fingers into a steaming bowl of spaghetti, began to gobble at it in the unedifying way which his nation have--and which, indeed, the dish demands.

If you feel in any way surprised that I should know these petty and unedifying details, the reason is that I had them from a relative of mine who, later that evening, drove Mlle.

But, seeing that the thin veneer of modesty with which every woman of the world is furnished goes but a very little way below the surface, they began rather to enjoy this unedifying episode, and at bottom were hugely delighted-- feeling themselves in their element, furthering the schemes of lawless love with the gusto of a gourmand cook who prepares supper for another.

Yet there stood the tall octavos recording the unedifying careers of Mr.

Standish, and I trust Lady Philip will not be subjected to your unedifying speculations again!

Although still her old, unedifying self, she showed unmistakable marks of strain as she sat by his bedside.

It was an unedifying spectacle, like watching a crowd of plague rats scrapping in a sewer.

This unedifying observation started a long series of investigations ending in the discovery that while genuine port wine has practically no anti-neuralgic properties, the cheap stuff faked to resemble tawny port by the addition of elderberry juice often banishes the pain of sciatica and other forms of neuralgia, though of no avail in genuine neuritis.