edifice

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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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edifice (plural edifices)

  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.
    • 1904, Edward S. Holden, “Copernicus”, 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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