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[kon-jeer-eez, kon-juh-reez] /kɒnˈdʒɪər iz, ˈkɒn dʒə riz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap:
From the airplane the town resembled a congeries of tiny boxes.
Origin of congeries
1610-20; < Latin: a heap, equivalent to conger- (stem of congerere to collect, heap up, equivalent to con- con- + gerere to bear, carry) + -iēs noun suffix; cf. rabies, series Unabridged
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(functioning as singular or pl) a collection of objects or ideas; mass; heap
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from congerere to pile up, from gerere to carry
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Word Origin and History for congeries

1610s, from Latin congeries "heap, pile, collected mass," from congerere "to carry together" (see congest). False singular congery is from 1866.

Man should have some sense of responsibility to the human congeries. As a matter of observation, very few men have any such sense. No social order can exist very long unless a few, at least a few, men have such a sense. [Ezra Pound, "ABC of Economics," 1933]

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