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Noun Relic has 2 senses


Relicn. [F. relique, from L. reliquiae, pl., akin to relinquere to leave behind. See Relinquish.].
  •  That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.  Chaucer. Wyclif.  [1913 Webster]
    "The relics of lost innocence."  [1913 Webster]
    "The fragments, scraps, the bits and greasy relics."  [1913 Webster]
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
    "There are very few treasuries of relics in Italy that have not a tooth or a bone of this saint."  [1913 Webster]
    "Thy relics, Rowe, to this fair urn we trust,
    And sacred place by Dryden's awful dust.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships.  [1913 Webster]
    "The pearls were spilt;
    Some lost, some stolen, some as relics kept.
    "  [1913 Webster]


Relic, n.
1 an object interesting because of its age or association.
2 a part of a deceased holy person's body or belongings kept as an object of reverence.
3 a surviving custom or belief etc. from a past age.
4 a memento or souvenir.
5 (in pl.) what has survived destruction or wasting or use.
6 (in pl.) the dead body or remains of a person.

ME relike, relique, etc. f. OF relique f. L reliquiae: see RELIQUIAE



Agnus Dei, Holy Grail, Host, Methuselah, Pieta, Sanctus bell, Sangraal, account, ancient manuscript, annals, antediluvian, antique, antiquity, archaism, ark, artifact, asperger, asperges, aspergillum, back number, bambino, beadroll, beads, candle, catalog, cave painting, censer, chaplet, chronicle, ciborium, commemoration, conservative, correspondence, cross, crucifix, cruet, dad, documentation, dodo, elder, eolith, eucharistial, favor, fogy, fossil, fragment, fud, fuddy-duddy, granny, has-been, heirloom, history, holy cross, holy water, holy-water sprinkler, icon, incensory, inventory, keepsake, letters, list, longhair, matriarch, matzo, memento, memento mori, memorabilia, memorial, memorials, memories, menorah, mezuzah, mezzolith, microlith, mid-Victorian, mikvah, monstrance, mossback, neolith, old believer, old crock, old dodo, old fogy, old liner, old man, old poop, old woman, old-timer, osculatory, ostensorium, paleolith, paschal candle, patriarch, pax, petrification, petrified forest, petrified wood, petroglyph, phylacteries, pipe roll, plateaulith, pop, pops, prayer shawl, prayer wheel, pyx, reactionary, record, recording, register, registry, regular old fogy, relics, reliquiae, remains, remembrance, remembrancer, reminder, remnant, roll, rolls, rood, rosary, roster, rota, ruin, ruins, sacramental, sacred relics, sacring bell, scrap, scroll, shadow, shard, shofar, souvenir, square, starets, sukkah, survival, tabernacle, table, tallith, thurible, token, token of remembrance, trace, traditionalist, trophy, urceole, veronica, vestige, vigil light, votive candle




N remainder, residue, remains, remanent, remnant, rest, relic, leavings, heeltap, odds and ends, cheesepairings, candle ends, orts, residuum, dregs, refuse, stubble, result, educt, fag-end, ruins, wreck, skeleton, stump, alluvium, surplus, overplus, excess, balance, complement, superplus, surplusage, superfluity, survival, survivance, remaining, left, left behind left over, residual, residuary, over, odd, unconsumed, sedimentary, surviving, net, exceeding, over and above, outlying, outstanding, cast off, superfluous.


N memory, remembrance, retention, retentiveness, tenacity, veteris vestigia flammae, tablets of the memory, readiness, reminiscence, recognition, recollection, rememoration, recurrence, flashback, retrospect, retrospection, afterthought, post script, PS, suggestion, prompting, hint, reminder, remembrancer, flapper, memorial, commemoration, note, memo, memorandum, things to be remembered, token of remembrance, memento, souvenir, keepsake, relic, memorabilia, art of memory, artificial memory, memoria technica, mnemonics, mnemotechnics, phrenotypics, Mnemosyne, prompt-book, crib sheet, cheat sheet, retentive memory, tenacious memory, photographic memory, green memory, trustworthy memory, capacious memory, faithful memory, correct memory, exact memory, ready memory, prompt memory, accurate recollection, perfect memory, total recall, celebrity, fame, renown, reputation, remembering, remembered, mindful, reminiscential, retained in the memory, pent up in one's memory, fresh, green, green in remembrance, unforgotten, present to the mind, within one's memory, indelible, uppermost in one's thoughts, memorable, by heart, by rote, without book, memoriter, in memory of, in memoriam, memoria in aeterna, suggestive, manet alta mente repostum, forsan et haec olim meminisse juvabit, absens haeres non erit, beatae memoriae, briefly thyself remember, mendacem memorem esse oportet, memory the warder of the brain, parsque est meminisse doloris, to live in hearts we leave behind is not to die, vox audita peril littera scripta manet, out of sight, out of mind.


N record, trace, vestige, relic, remains, scar, cicatrix, footstep, footmark, footprint, pug, track mark, wake, trail, scent, piste, monument, hatchment, slab, tablet, trophy, achievement, obelisk, pillar, column, monolith, memorial, memento, testimonial, medal, commemoration, record, note, minute, register, registry, roll, cartulary, diptych, Domesday book, catalogue raisonne, entry, memorandum, indorsement, inscription, copy, duplicate, docket, notch, muniment, deed, document, deposition, proces verbal, affidavit, certificate, notebook, memorandum book, memo book, pocketbook, commonplace book, portfolio, pigeonholes, excerpta, adversaria, jottings, dottings, gazette, gazetteer, newspaper, daily, magazine, almanac, almanack, calendar, ephemeris, diary, log, journal, daybook, ledger, cashbook, petty cashbook, professional journal, scientific literature, the literature, primary literature, secondary literature, article, review article, archive, scroll, state paper, return, blue book, statistics, compte rendu, Acts of, Transactions of, Proceedings of, Hansard's Debates, chronicle, annals, legend, history, biography, Congressional Records, registration, registry, enrollment, inrollment, tabulation, entry, booking, signature, recorder, journalism, recording, tape recording, videotape, compact disk, floppy disk, diskette, hard disk, Winchester disk, read-only memory, ROM, write once read mostly memory, WORM, on record, exegi monumentum aere perennium, read their history in a nation's eyes, records that defy the tooth of time.

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