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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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
Recent Examples on the Web In such circumstances, the Eurogroup seems a relic. The Economist, "Charlemagne How a dining club briefly took over the EU," 20 June 2020 So the Southeastern Conference has thrown down the gauntlet in the direction of Mississippi, whose state flag is an embarrassing relic that stubbornly honors American traitors who do not deserve it. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: It's time for Ole Miss to finally do away with 'Rebels' nickname," 19 June 2020 Looking back, the negotiations over that meeting seem like a relic of the past. Walter M. Shaub Jr., The New York Review of Books, "Ransacking the Republic," 17 June 2020 Permafrost, which lies beneath one quarter of all the land north of the equator, is a relic of colder times on Earth, when frigid temperatures penetrated deep. Anchorage Daily News, "When thawing permafrost kills? A moose story," 13 June 2020 For residents of Russia’s communal apartments — a relic of the Soviet Union but still home to hundreds of thousands of people, most of them in St. Petersburg — self-isolation to fend off the coronavirus is hardly an option. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, "Too close for comfort, and the virus, in Russia’s communal apartments," 13 June 2020 The familiar scene of Confederate flags waved by fans at NASCAR tracks could soon be a relic of racing's good ol' boy roots. CBS News, "Black NASCAR star Bubba Wallace urges sport to move away from Confederate flag," 10 June 2020 That is because the current U.S. military presence in Germany is a relic of the Cold War, when the Soviet Union posed an existential threat to Western democracies weakened by World War II. Jamie Mcintyre, Washington Examiner, "Inside the Pentagon's pitched battle to stave off use of active-duty troops to quell violence on streets," 8 June 2020 There wasn’t much known about a 4-pound gold bar discovered during construction work in Mexico City nearly 40 years ago, but now experts are calling the precious metal an Aztec relic. Fox News, "Treasure stash worth over $1 million found in Rocky Mountains after decade-long search," 8 June 2020

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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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The first known use of relic was in the 13th century

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“Relic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/relic. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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relic

noun
How to pronounce relic (audio)

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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