- remaining parts or fragments.
- the remains of a deceased person.
Origin of relic
Examples from the Web for relics
Relics, paintings, ancient texts, and other links to our past that were lost suddenly resurface in hard to explain places.7 Historically Significant Artifacts Rescued by Happenstance|The Daily Beast|October 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The sick sister was healed after relics from John XXIII were placed on the fistula on her abdomen.Popes, Saints, Miracles, Weird Relics and Odd Omens Converge on Rome|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
More than 100 relics relating to the Saint Death sect were reportedly found in the garage where Maria was kept.Argentinian Teen Was Starved and Held Captive With a Canine For 9 Years|Barbie Latza Nadeau|April 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the absence of other places to turn to, myth, the Church and relics like the Holy [True] Cross provided necessary comfort.Justin Cartwright’s Novel ‘Lion Heart’ May Win Him the Audience He Deserves|Robert Birnbaum|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
These may be the up and coming younger members, waiting for their turn as ‘El Chapo’ and ‘El Mayo’ are viewed as relics.
Send to Harold mildly, and gently remind him of oath and of relics—of treaty and pledge.Harold, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
All these relics, as well as the fire-buckets hanging in the rear hall, have been in the family for generations.Historic Homes|Mary H. Northend
These relics were found about three hundred feet from the surface.The Prehistoric World|E. A. Allen
By the way, what are you going to do with all his relics and family heirlooms, Frederik?The Return of Peter Grimm|David Belasco
Like many other relics held sacred by the Italians, it was removed by the French during the last conquest of Italy.
Word Origin for relic
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.