American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. 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).
- n. Something cherished for its age or historic interest.
- n. An object kept for its association with the past; a memento.
- n. An object of religious veneration, especially a piece of the body or a personal item of a saint.
- n. A corpse; remains.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. That which remains; that which is left after the consumption, loss, or decay of the rest.
- n. The body of a deceased person; a corpse, as deserted by the soul.
- n. That which is preserved in remembrance; a memento; a sonvenir; a keepsake.
- n. An object held in reverence or affection because connected with some sacred or beloved person deceased; specifically, in the Roman Catholic Church, the Gr. Ch., and some other churches, a saint's body or part of it, or an object supposed to have been connected with the life or body of Christ, of the Virgin Mary, or of some saint or martyr, and regarded therefore as a personal memorial worthy of religions veneration. Relics are of three classes:
- n. Something dear or precious.
- n. A monument.
- n. Synonyms Remains, Relics. The remains of a dead person are his corpse or his literary works; in the latter case they are, for the sake of distinction, generally called literary remains. We speak also of the remains of a feast, of a city, building, monument, etc. Relics always suggests antiquity; as, the relics of ancient sovereigns, heroes, and especially saints. The singular of relics is used; that of remains is not.
- n. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.
- n. Something old kept for sentimental reasons.
- n. religion A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.
- n. The body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; -- usually in the plural when referring to the whole body.
- n. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance.
- n. something of sentimental value
- n. an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
- From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reliquiae ("remains, relics"), from relinquō ("I leave behind, abandon, relinquish"), from re- + linquō ("I leave, quit, forsake, depart from"). (Wiktionary)
- 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. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“ZAHN: Obviously not going to take any questions today, but confirming what he told congressional members yesterday, that the United States will unilaterally withdraw from the ABM Treaty, what he calls a relic of the Cold War.”
“Uncle. twas my intention to have brought it home again with me. you see Grosvenor this relic is already become rare. have you received the original”
“This parliament took into consideration the abolition of the clerical function, as savoring of Popery; and the taking away of tithes, which they called a relic of Judaism.”
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“The poet constantly intersperses stodgy Victorianisms with moments of realism or reflection that keep it firmly locked in the present, making the voice of the poems both a relic from the past and that of a modern-day poet joking about relics from the past.”
“One of the Arundells riding to Lanherne brought back the crown of the head of the martyr, and 430 years later, this wonderful relic is exposed after Mass every Sunday for the faithful to venerate.”
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“This old nutbag is the inspiration for Boss Hogg: a relic from the Old South; I don't know if he looks better in Fascist Brownshirt & Jackboots, or Planter Whites and bullwhip.”
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