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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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  • But below the highest executive level a modern business is a congeries of specialists.
  • Every spoken tongue is a congeries of signs for thought, deriving their significance from the intelligent consent.
  • The congeries of tribes which made up this loosely jointed.
  • The multiversity is a congeries of enterprises with no philosophical center.
  • Each one is a miniature world unto itself, a tiny functioning mechanism, a congeries of minute and mysterious moving parts.
  • At best, it's a congeries of local groups, often six people gathered in a living room.
  • It had previously been a congeries of self-contained regions, held together only politically.
  • The faculties of higher education around the world are a congeries of experts.
  • Clandestine collection, though distinguished by its methodology, is not a single method but a congeries of diverse methods.
British Dictionary definitions for congeries


(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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