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edifice

noun [C] uk   /ˈed.ɪ.fɪs/ formal us  
a large building, especially an impressive one: The town hall is the only edifice surviving from the 15th century. a system that has been established for a long time: It looks as if the whole political edifice of the country is about to collapse.
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