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rel·ic

 (rĕl′ĭk)
n.
1. Something that has survived the passage of time, especially an object or custom whose original culture has disappeared: "Corporal punishment was a relic of barbarism" (Cyril Connolly).
2. Something cherished for its age or historic interest.
3. An object kept for its association with the past; a memento.
4. An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
5. or relics A corpse; remains.

[Middle English relik, object of religious veneration, from Old French relique, from Late Latin reliquiae, sacred relics, from Latin, remains, from reliquus, remaining, from relinquere, relīqu-, to leave behind; see relinquish.]

relic

(ˈrɛlɪk)
n
1. something that has survived from the past, such as an object or custom
2. something kept as a remembrance or treasured for its past associations; keepsake
3. (usually plural) a remaining part or fragment
4. (Eastern Church (Greek & Russian Orthodox)) RC Church Eastern Churches part of the body of a saint or something supposedly used by or associated with a saint, venerated as holy
5. (Roman Catholic Church) RC Church Eastern Churches part of the body of a saint or something supposedly used by or associated with a saint, venerated as holy
6. informal an old or old-fashioned person or thing
7. (plural) archaic the remains of a dead person; corpse
8. (Biology) ecology a less common term for relict1
[C13: from Old French relique, from Latin reliquiae remains, from relinquere to leave behind, relinquish]

rel•ic

(ˈrɛl ɪk)

n.
1. a surviving memorial of something past.
2. an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past.
3. a surviving trace of something: a custom that is a relic of paganism.
4. relics,
a. remaining parts or fragments.
b. the remains of a deceased person.
5. something kept in remembrance; souvenir; memento.
6. a body, body part, or personal object associated with a saint or martyr and preserved as worthy of veneration.
7. a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Old French relique < Latin reliquiae (pl.) remains (> Old English reliquias) =reliqu(us) remaining + -iae pl. n. suffix]
leftover, relic, relief - Before leftovers were called leftovers, they were called relics, and, before that, relief.
See also related terms for leftovers.

relic

A part of the body or something used or associated with a saint or other very important religious figure such as the Buddha.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.relic - an antiquity that has survived from the distant pastrelic - an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
antiquity - an artifact surviving from the past
archeological remains - a relic that has been excavated from the soil
2.relic - something of sentimental valuerelic - something of sentimental value  
object, physical object - a tangible and visible entity; an entity that can cast a shadow; "it was full of rackets, balls and other objects"
love-token - keepsake given as a token of love
party favor, party favour, favour, favor - souvenir consisting of a small gift given to a guest at a party

relic

plural noun
1. remains, bones, sacred objects, holy objects ancient Egyptian relics

relic

noun
A mark or remnant that indicates the former presence of something:
Translations
بَقِيَّه، أثَررُفات
relikviepamátka
levnrelikvie
pyhäinjäännösreliikki
ereklyerelikviaemlék
reliktas
paliekas
pamiatkarelikvia
relikvija
kutsal emanet/kalıntıtarihi kalıntıyadigâr

relic

[ˈrelɪk] N (Rel) → reliquia f (fig) → vestigio m

relic

[ˈrɛlɪk] n
(= sacred object) → relique f
[the past] → vestige m, relique f

relic

nÜberbleibsel nt, → Relikt nt; (Rel) → Reliquie f; a relic of or from the pastein Überbleibsel ntaus vergangener Zeit; an old relic (pej inf, = person) → ein alter Knochen (inf); (= car/wardrobe etc)ein vorsintflutlicher Karren/Schrank etc (pej inf)

relic

[ˈrɛlɪk] n (Rel) → reliquia (fig) (of the past) → retaggio

relic

(ˈrelik) noun
1. something left from a past time. relics of an ancient civilization.
2. something connected with, especially the bones of, a dead person (especially a saint).
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My mother gave it to me, and I, fool as I was, instead of keeping the ring as a holy relic, gave it to this wretch."
This like some holy relic do I prize To save me from the fate my truth entails, Truth that to thy hard heart its vigour owes.
Once a year all these holy relics are carried in procession through the streets of Milan.
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