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Suffice it to record the fact that these relics are admittedly pre-Christian.

This layer was evidently composed of the relics of a Romano-British people.

Curious legends often cluster round these relics of ancient times.

There were not wanting, however, many other relics of those stormy times.

In the morning he is shown the curiosities, chiefly Scripture relics, in the palace.

Postage stamps, postmarks, and Indian relics for postage stamps.

Relics have served as efficacious instruments to accomplish that end.

These he would remove and hide under his pillow like relics.

Stratford is full of relics of Shakespeare and statues and portraits in his memory.

Around, the earth was strewed with skulls and other relics of humanity.

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.

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