What does relic mean?

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ˈrɛl ɪkrel·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. relicnoun

    an antiquity that has survived from the distant past

  2. keepsake, souvenir, token, relicnoun

    something of sentimental value

Wiktionary

  1. relicnoun

    That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.

  2. relicnoun

    Something old kept for sentimental reasons.

  3. relicnoun

    A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Relicnoun

    that which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant

    Etymology: [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]

  2. Relicnoun

    the body from which the soul has departed; a corpse; especially, the body, or some part of the body, of a deceased saint or martyr; -- usually in the plural when referring to the whole body

    Etymology: [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]

  3. Relicnoun

    hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships

    Etymology: [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]

Freebase

  1. Relic

    In religion, a relic is a part of the body of a saint or a venerated person, or else another type of ancient religious object, carefully preserved for purposes of veneration or as a touchable or tangible memorial. Relics are an important aspect of some forms of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Shamanism, and many other religions. The word relic comes from the Latin reliquiae, meaning "remains" or "something left behind". A reliquary is a shrine that houses one or more religious relics.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Relic

    rel′ik, n. that which is left after loss or decay of the rest: a corpse (gener. pl.): (R.C.) any personal memorial of a reputed saint, to be held in reverence as an incentive to faith and piety: a memorial, a souvenir: a monument.—n. Rel′ic-mong′er, one who traffics in relics. [Fr. relique—L. reliquiærelinquĕre, relictum, to leave behind.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of relic in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of relic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of relic in a Sentence

  1. Eike Schmidt:

    It is highly improbable that this lock (of hair), which was presented like a (religious) relic, would be in anyway related to Leonardo da Vinci.

  2. Alexis DeTocqueville:

    This Rock has become an object of veneration in the United States. I have seen bits of it carefully preserved in several towns in the Union. Does this sufficiently show that all human power and greatness is in the soul of man? Here is a stone which the feet of a few outcasts pressed for an instant; and the stone becomes famous; it is treasured by a great nation; its very dust is shared as a relic.

  3. Fadwa Hammoud:

    The Flint Water Crisis is not some relic of the past. At this very moment the people of Flint continue to suffer from the categorical failure of public officials at all levels of government.

  4. Justice Anthony Kennedy:

    The decidedly Christian nature of these prayers must not be dismissed as the relic of a time when our Nation was less pluralistic than it is today. Congress continues to permit its appointed and visiting chaplains to express themselves in a religious idiom. … To hold that invocations must be nonsectarian would force the legislatures … and the courts … to act as … censors of religious speech. … Government may not mandate a civic religion that stifles any but the most generic reference to the sacred any more than it may prescribe a religious orthodoxy …

  5. Yu Ying:

    I can see an only child me like me becoming a cultural relic.

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