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Meaning of RELIC

Pronunciation:  'relik

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  something of sentimental value
  2. [n]  antiquity that as survived from the distant past
 

RELIC is a 5 letter word that starts with R.

 

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

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 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.
                                               --Shak.

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.
                                               --Addison.

         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.

 

 

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