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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

REL'IC, n. [L. reliquiae, from relinquo, to leave; re and linquo.]
1. That which remains; that which is left after the loss or decay of the rest; as the relics of a town; the relics of magnificence; the relics of antiquity. The relics of saints, real or pretended, are held in great veneration by the catholics.
2. The body of a deceased person; a corpse. [Usually in the plural.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an antiquity that has survived from the distant past
2: something of sentimental value [syn: keepsake, souvenir, token, relic]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English relik, from Anglo-French relike, from Medieval Latin reliquia, from Late Latin reliquiae, plural, remains of a martyr, from Latin, remains, from relinquere to leave behind more at relinquish Date: 13th century 1. a. an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr b. souvenir, memento 2. plural remains, corpse 3. a survivor or remnant left after decay, disintegration, or disappearance 4. a trace of some past or outmoded practice, custom, or belief

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an object interesting because of its age or association. 2 a part of a deceased holy person's body or belongings kept as an object of reverence. 3 a surviving custom or belief etc. from a past age. 4 a memento or souvenir. 5 (in pl.) what has survived destruction or wasting or use. 6 (in pl.) the dead body or remains of a person. Etymology: ME relike, relique, etc. f. OF relique f. L reliquiae: see RELIQUIAE

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Relic Rel"ic (r?l"?k), n. [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.] [Formerly written also relique.] 1. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant. --Chaucer. Wyclif. The relics of lost innocence. --Kebe. The fragments, scraps, the bits and greasy relics. --Shak. 2. 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. There are very few treasuries of relics in Italy that have not a tooth or a bone of this saint. --Addison. Thy relics, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust, And sacred place by Dryden's awful dust. --Pope. 3. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships. The pearls were spilt; Some lost, some stolen, some as relics kept. --Tennyson.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(relics) 1. If you refer to something or someone as a relic of an earlier period, you mean that they belonged to that period but have survived into the present. Germany's asylum law is a relic of an era in European history which has passed... N-COUNT: usu N of/from n 2. A relic is something which was made or used a long time ago and which is kept for its historical significance. ...a museum of war relics. N-COUNT: usu with supp

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