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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RELIC

I found it in this cell, after the death of the martyr, and have preserved it as a relic.

The mistresses of the present princes are a relic of polygamy.

I brought out my relic of other days, and displayed it to the boys in the shanty.

But, after all, this is an old-fashioned method, and the rhinoceros is a relic.

"A wonderful talisman is the relic of a good mother, sir," said the old parson.

He found one, after a time, the relic of a ham, with a good deal of meat on it.

There are other countries where this relic of the barbaric ages doesn't exist.

The boot and shoe portion of the first sign was a relic of other days.

Here is the famous "triangular bridge," a relic of the abbey.

It is a relic of antiquity that we ought to get rid of at once.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "body part or other object from a holy person," from Old French relique (11c., plural reliques), from Late Latin reliquiæ (plural) "remains of a martyr," in classical Latin "remains, remnants," noun use of fem. plural of reliquus "remaining, that which remains," related to relinquere (perfective reliqui) "to leave behind" (see relinquish). Sense of "remains, ruins" is from early 14c. Old English used reliquias, directly from Latin.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR RELIC

antique

nounold object, often of great value

antiques

nounold object, often of great value
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