relic

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English[edit]

A Christian relic (a bone of a saint)
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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English, from Old French relique, 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 Something old and outdated, possibly kept for sentimental reasons.
    • 1991, U.S. News & World Report (volume 116, issues 9-16, page 72)
      Published in 1982, the now out-of-print computer guide is a real relic, full of dozens of black-and-white pictures of large, bulky computers that you would sooner find in the Smithsonian than on anybody's desk today.
  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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Old Irish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈr͈ʲelʲiɡʲ/

Verb[edit]

·relic

  1. third-person singular perfect prototonic of léicid

Mutation[edit]

Old Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Nasalization
·relic
also ·rrelic
·relic
pronounced with /-r(ʲ)-/
·relic
also ·rrelic
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.