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Definition of Relic


  1. That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion; a remnant.
  2. 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.
  3. Hence, a memorial; anything preserved in remembrance; as, relics of youthful days or friendships.

Relic Quotations

Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
Victor Hugo

Any relic of the dead is precious, if they were valued living.
Emily Bronte

The very paradigm of revolution, of right versus wrong, good versus bad, is a relic with no bearing on the present. Yet artists, exhibitions, and curators valorize the sixties. People who wrote about these artists 30 years ago still write about them in the same ways, often for the same magazines.
Jerry Saltz

Within NASA, the shuttle is perhaps the least-groundbreaking project. Recall that Apollo was about creating brand-new technologies that did something unprecedented - putting men on the moon. The shuttle is, by comparison, a relic designed to make going into orbit routine.
Nathan Myhrvold

The middle class, one of the great achievements in history, is becoming more of a relic than a reality.
Jon Meacham
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Relic Translations

relic in French is relique
relic in German is Rest
relic in Hungarian is ereklye
relic in Spanish is reliquia

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