Vestige is an elegant word. It's all about shadows, and gives us a way to talk about traces or reminders of something that has disappeared or is disappearing.

Vestige derives from the Latin vestigium "footprint," and that is a good way to think of it––footprints in the sand. Sometimes vestige is used to emphasize the complete lack of something. She told me she took the money from my wallet without the least vestige of remorse in her voice or facial expression.

Definitions of vestige

n an indication that something has been present

shadow, tincture, trace
a trace suggesting that something was once present or felt or otherwise important
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest

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