Relic vs Debris - What's the difference?

relic | debris |


As nouns the difference between relic and debris

is that relic is that which remains; that which is left after loss or decay; a remaining portion while debris is .

relic

English

(wikipedia relic)

Alternative forms

* relick (archaic) * relique

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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.
  • Usage notes

    By comparison with synonyms, relic' emphasizes ''age,'' and to some degree ''value'' – a “' relic of a lost civilization”.

    Synonyms

    * (that which remains) remnant, remainder, residue, lave * halidom

    Derived terms

    * Relic Sunday

    debris

    English

    Alternative forms

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    Noun

    (-)
  • Rubble, wreckage, scattered remains of something destroyed.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=December 21, author=David M. Halbfinger, Charles V. Bagli and Sarah Maslin Nir, title=On Ravaged Coastline, It’s Rebuild Deliberately vs. Rebuild Now, work=New York Times citation
  • , passage=His neighbors were still ripping out debris . But Mr. Ryan, a retired bricklayer who built his house by hand 30 years ago only to lose most of it to Hurricane Sandy, was already hard at work rebuilding. }}
  • Litter and discarded refuse.
  • * {{quote-magazine, date=2013-07-20, volume=408, issue=8845, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Welcome to the plastisphere , passage=[The researchers] noticed many of their pieces of [plastic marine] debris sported surface pits around two microns across. Such pits are about the size of a bacterial cell. Closer examination showed that some of these pits did, indeed, contain bacteria, […].}}
  • The ruins of a broken-down structure
  • (geology) Large rock fragments left by a melting glacier etc.
  • Anagrams

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