a tiny often physical indication of something lost or vanished <a crude stone ax and other relics of the Neanderthals> Related Words memento
something belonging to or surviving from an earlier period <in my grandparents' attic are many “groovy” relics from the 1960s>
one that has passed the peak of effectiveness or popularity <his courtly manners marked him as a relic of a more refined and formal era>
relics pl a dead body <though it is believed that missionary died in New Guinea, his relics have never been found>
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