relic

noun
rel·​ic | \ ˈre-lik How to pronounce relic (audio) \

Definition of relic

1a : an object esteemed and venerated because of association with a saint or martyr
2 relics 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

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Synonyms for relic

Synonyms

echo, ghost, shadow, trace, vestige

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Examples of relic in a Sentence

a crude stone ax and other relics of the Neanderthals in my grandparents' attic are many “groovy” relics from the 1960s

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The Garfield phone may seem ridiculous now—a relic of a time when novelty landline devices and Monday-hating fat felines held sway over the American psyche. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "A 35-Year-Old Garfield Novelty Telephone Mystery Has Been Solved," 29 Mar. 2019 These audience caps are relics of the analog age when people relied on local broadcast stations for news. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Ajit Pai and Sinclair," 18 July 2018 Parted in the middle and styled to have a wet look, his auburn ends are relics of internationally beloved K-pop group EXO's most recent concept. Devon Abelman, Allure, "How EXO's Baekhyun Put His Identity into Privé Alliance," 9 Mar. 2019 The common refrain among digitally-native brands is that brick-and-mortar stores are relic. Emily Farra, Vogue, "La Ligne’s First Store Is Opening Today on Madison Avenue," 5 May 2019 There is one relic of the mining days Ledford has only limited plans to address: water quality. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, "From Defiled to Wild—Can a Spent Coal Mine Be Reborn as a Nature Conservation Center?," 11 July 2018 Fossil hunter Alan Detrich posted the relic on the auction site hoping to attract the attention of a wealthy collector. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Someone Is Trying To Sell a Baby T. Rex Skeleton on eBay for $2.95 Million," 19 Apr. 2019 Insider reported that the relic was saved after first responders created a dangerous human chain to retrieve the artifact from danger, with Father Jean-Marc Fournier leading the rescue. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here Are All Of The Precious Artifacts Saved From the Notre Dame Fire," 17 Apr. 2019 What happens, exactly, is unclear; silence is the relic of the disappeared. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Algren Award runner-up: "Fluid Mechanics" by Mabel Yu," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of relic

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for relic

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

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relic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of relic

: something that is from a past time, place, culture, etc.
: an object (such as a piece of clothing or the bone of a saint) that is considered holy

relic

noun
rel·​ic | \ ˈre-lik How to pronounce relic (audio) \

Kids Definition of relic

1 : something left behind after decay or disappearance They uncovered relics of an ancient city.
2 : an object that is considered holy because of its connection with a saint or martyr

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