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