relic

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English[edit]

A Christian relic (a bone of a saint)
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From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin reliquiae (remains, relics), from relinquō (I leave behind, abandon, relinquish), from re- + linquō (I leave, quit, forsake, depart from).

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relic (plural relics)

  1. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.
  2. Something old kept for sentimental reasons.
  3. (religion) A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.

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By comparison with synonyms, relic emphasizes age, and to some degree value – a “relic of a lost civilization”.

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