As nouns the difference between artifact and relic
is that artifact
is an object made or shaped by human hand while relic
is that which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
An object made or shaped by human hand.
(archaeology) An object, such as a tool, weapon or ornament, of archaeological or historical interest, especially such an object found at an archaeological excavation.
Something viewed as a product of human conception or agency rather than an inherent element.
* "The very act of looking at a naked model was an artifact of male supremacy" (Philip Weiss).
A structure or finding in an experiment or investigation that is not a true feature of the object under observation, but is a result of external action, the test arrangement, or an experimental error.
- The dig produced many Roman artifacts .
An object made or shaped by some agent or intelligence, not necessarily of direct human origin.
(computing) A perceptible distortion that appears in a digital image, audio or video file as a result of applying a lossy compression algorithm.
- The spot on his lung turned out to be an artifact of the X-ray process.
- This JPEG image has been so highly compressed that it has too many unsightly compression artifacts , making it unsuitable for the cover of our magazine.
* "artefact" is the preferred spelling in Australia’s Macquarie Dictionary'', with ''artifact listed as a variant.
* "artifact" is preferred by the Oxford English Dictionary and most American dictionaries.
* relick (archaic)
That which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion.
Something old kept for sentimental reasons.
(religion) A part of the body of a saint, or an ancient religious object, kept for veneration.
By comparison with synonyms, relic' emphasizes ''age,'' and to some degree ''value'' – a “' relic of a lost civilization”.
* (that which remains) remnant, remainder, residue, lave
* Relic Sunday