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n. pl. rel·i·quar·ies
A receptacle, such as a coffer or shrine, for keeping or displaying sacred relics.

[French reliquaire, from Old French, from relique, relic, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics; see relic.]


(ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ) or


n, pl -quaries
(Ecclesiastical Terms) a receptacle or repository for relics, esp relics of saints
[C17: from Old French reliquaire, from relique relic]


(ˈrɛl ɪˌkwɛr i)

n., pl. -quar•ies.
a repository or receptacle for relics.
[1650–60; < Middle French reliquaire < Medieval Latin reliquiārium= Latin reliqui(ae) remains (see relic) + -ārium -ary]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.reliquary - a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)reliquary - a container where religious relics are stored or displayed (especially relics of saints)
container - any object that can be used to hold things (especially a large metal boxlike object of standardized dimensions that can be loaded from one form of transport to another)


[ˈrelɪkwərɪ] Nrelicario m


[ˈrɛlɪkwəri] nreliquaire m


nReliquiar nt, → Reliquienschrein m


[ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ] nreliquiario
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Reliquaries are commonly of metal, and provided with a lock to prevent
Two monumental altarpieces, an intricate series of panels from his Silver Chest (Armadio degli Argenti), a precious triptych for private devotion, and nine predella scenes join the four reliquaries in a dramatic installation evocative of their Renaissance context.
Galleries lining the museum's ancient corridors feature four centuries' worth of artifacts, from enormous, intricately carved cabinets used to store the clergy's silken vestments, to priceless chalices and reliquaries made of precious metals and encrusted with gemstones.
The wide range of subjects covered includes ivories, wood carvings, alabaster, architectural sculpture, caskets, reliquaries, and questions of imagery and iconography.
One has to be very specific about how one uses the term 'reliquary' The Kongo power figures are not reliquaries.
It's hardly Felicity's fault that severed body parts start showing up in ancient holy reliquaries.
Relics of saints and other holy figures are often displayed in reliquaries to be venerated by the Catholic faithful.
Reliquaries belong to categories of religious objects that appeal directly to spectators' emotions, and that exploit the rhetorical power of visual images to move the viewer to piety.
The trip to the British Museum to see the Medieval Reliquaries exhibition and the visit to the Heraldry exhibition in Cumberland Lodge at Great Windsor Park were planned but our stay in the Oxford village of Blewbury was made more interesting when we discovered that we had rented an apartment where Wind in the Willows was written.
As Treasures of Heaven boldly shows us, the history of relics and reliquaries is a history of devotion, artistic skill, hope, and even persecution.
The series of investigations and resulting publications of the Sancta Sanctorum and its treasure of reliquaries, relics, and icon that took place between 1903 and 1908 therefore demonstrate an important turning point in the Church's attitude toward the medieval chapel's sanctified space.
Under Calvin's authority in Geneva, hundreds of intricately crafted reliquaries were summarily destroyed along with their contents, ostensibly the physical remains or personal effects of sanctified individuals.