relic

[rel-ik]
noun
1.
a surviving memorial of something past.
2.
an object having interest by reason of its age or its association with the past: a museum of historic relics.
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.
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.
7.
a once widespread linguistic form that survives in a limited area but is otherwise obsolete.

Origin:
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
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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.  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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relic
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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relic

in religion, strictly, the mortal remains of a saint; in the broad sense, the term also includes any object that has been in contact with the saint. Among the major religions, Christianity, almost exclusively in Roman Catholicism, and Buddhism have emphasized the veneration of relics.

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