verb transitive: to instruct in order to improve the mind or character
Via French from Latin aedificare (to build), from aedis (building) + facere (make). Earliest documented use: 1340.
Usage (from Wordsmith)
“If [translator Jay Rubin’s] suggestion [not to read literature in translation] were to be heeded, most of us would not be edified by the works of Fyodor Dostoevsky, Albert Camus, Italo Calvino, and Saadat Hasan Manto.”
G. Seetharaman; Despite Pitfalls, Publishers Bet on Translated Vernacular Indian Literature; The Economic Times (New Delhi, India); Dec 16, 2013.