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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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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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)
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[ˈrelɪkwərɪ] Nrelicario m
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[ˈrɛlɪkwəri] nreliquaire m
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nReliquiar nt, → Reliquienschrein m
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[ˈrɛlɪkwərɪ] nreliquiario
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References in classic literature ?
Rich reliquary Of lofty contemplation left to Time By buried centuries of pomp and power!
A golden chain, to which was attached a small reliquary of the same metal, hung round her neck.
In the centre of this crowd, the grand officers of the Brotherhood of Fools bore on their shoulders a litter more loaded down with candles than the reliquary of Sainte-Geneviève in time of pest; and on this litter shone resplendent, with crosier, cope, and mitre, the new Pope of the Fools, the bellringer of Notre-Dame, Quasimodo the hunchback.
A wooden reliquary box, decorated with gold leaf and tempora illustrations associated with the key moments in Christ's life from the Nativity to the Ascension, is the most important early cycle of pictures of holy sites known.
One walked along the walls and looked through the holes into small spaces in which the art works were displayed--objects, small paintings, and photograph, which together functioned as a kind of medieval reliquary. Bohnenberger has continued to question at what point an object transcends the boundaries of the profane.
In seeming contrast to this scientificity, a text of the lore of a Medieval dog saint gave the piece the feel of a reliquary. Rather than simplemindedly protesting the dumb sacrifice of laboratory animals, San Guinefort seems to invest technology with the odor of sanctity, and the animal with sacrificial power.
It had the hallucinatory, reliquary quality of a legend--the framing device and sequential representation resembled those used in classical painting.
Some of her remains are held in a reliquary nearly five feet long and weighing more than 20 stone, which will be displayed across the north and north-east.
A looted reliquary from the church of Saint Mamas, in Turkish-held Morphou has returned home after being handed over in DE-sseldorf, Germany to its rightful owner.
Paphiti had found out that following the Turkish invasion the reliquary, like many other art treasures and cultural artefacts, had been stolen and traded abroad.
It is kept in a private room, and only the custodian friars are allowed to carry the heart, which is contained in a reliquary.
The relic will be contained in a heart-shaped crystal stored in another glass reliquary.