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 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 The German apprenticeship system, a relic of medieval guilds and tightly regulated by the German government and trade unions, is designed to offer such alternatives. Michelle Hackman, WSJ, "Looking for an Alternative to College? U.S. Studies German Apprenticeships," 29 Dec. 2018 While this architecture remains a relic of turbulent times, it has been reborn with advertisements of Djokovic posing with his trophies. Alyson Krueger, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Novak Djokovic Is Helping Turn Belgrade, Serbia Into Your Next Destination," 25 July 2018 To protect these relics of history, more than 200,000 acres have been set aside as the White Mountain Wild Horse Territory, administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Ernie Cowan, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wonders await in the White Mountains," 16 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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