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[kon-jeer-eez, kon-juh-reez]
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
  1. a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap: From the airplane the town resembled a congeries of tiny boxes.
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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
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Examples from the Web for congeries

Historical Examples

  • Tim and his congeries hate the clerics, but they fear the flagellum.

    Ireland as It Is

    Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)

  • Inside the congeries of glazed houses he was somewhat at sea.

    The Market-Place

    Harold Frederic

  • I cannot imagine such a congeries of blunders as a war for the Poles.

  • To speak Johnsonically it is a congeries of inexplicable nonsense.

  • A boarding-house is a congeries of people who have come down.


British Dictionary definitions for congeries

congeries

noun
  1. (functioning as singular or plural) a collection of objects or ideas; mass; heap
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin, from congerere to pile up, from gerere to carry
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for congeries

n.

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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