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a surviving memorial of something past.
an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past: a museum of historic relics.
a surviving trace of something: a custom that is a relic of paganism.
remaining parts or fragments.
the remains of a deceased person.
something kept in remembrance; souvenir; memento.
Ecclesiastical. (especially in the Roman Catholic and Greek churches) the body, a part of the body, or some personal memorial of a saint, martyr, or other sacred person, preserved as worthy of veneration.
a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French relique < Latin reliquiae (plural) remains (> Old English reliquias), equivalent to reliqu(us) remaining + -iae plural noun suffix

reliclike, adjective Unabridged
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relic (ˈrɛlɪk)
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.  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.  informal an old or old-fashioned person or thing
6.  archaic (plural) the remains of a dead person; corpse
7.  ecology a less common term for relict
[C13: from Old French relique, from Latin reliquiae remains, from relinquere to leave behind, relinquish]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "body part or other object from a holy person," from O.Fr. relique (11c.), from L.L. reliquiæ (pl.) "remains of a martyr," from L., "remains, remnants," noun use of fem. pl. of reliquus "remaining, that which remains," from re- "back" + root of linquere "to leave" (see
relinquish). Sense of "remains, ruins" is from early 14c. Old English used reliquias, directly from Latin.
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