Definitions for: Relic

[n] something of sentimental value
[n] antiquity that as survived from the distant past

Webster (1913) Definition: Rel"ic (r?l"?k), n. [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl.,
akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.]
[Formerly written also relique.]
1. That which remains; that which is left after loss or
decay; a remaining portion; a remnant. --Chaucer. Wyclif.

The relics of lost innocence. --Kebe.

The fragments, scraps, the bits and greasy relics.

2. 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.

There are very few treasuries of relics in Italy
that have not a tooth or a bone of this saint.

Thy relics, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust, And
sacred place by Dryden's awful dust. --Pope.

3. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as,
relics of youthful days or friendships.

The pearls were spilt; Some lost, some stolen, some
as relics kept. --Tennyson.

Synonyms: keepsake, souvenir, token

See Also: antiquity, archeological remains, favor, favour, love-token, party favor, party favour, stuff, sundries, sundry, whatchamacallit, whatsis

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