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conglomeration

[kuh n-glom-uh-rey-shuh n, kuh ng-] /kənˌglɒm əˈreɪ ʃən, kəŋ-/
noun
1.
the act of conglomerating; the state of being conglomerated.
2.
a cohering mass; cluster.
3.
a heterogeneous combination:
a conglomeration of ideas.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; < Late Latin conglomerātiōn- (stem of conglomerātiō), equivalent to conglomerāt(us) conglomerate + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
conglomerative
[kuh n-glom-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv, kuh ng-] /kənˈglɒm ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv, kəŋ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
2, 3. agglomeration, aggregate, aggregation, conglomerate.
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  • It is a strange conglomeration of humanity that is trapped together during a power outage in a suburban shopping mall.
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  • The ingredient missing from the fitfully amusing conglomeration of characters is a character for the whole.
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  • Investment bankers advise the benefits of conglomeration to get fees for acquisitions.
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  • For this new melodrama is a woefully dull and uninspired conglomeration of whodunit clichés.
British Dictionary definitions for conglomeration

conglomeration

/kənˌɡlɒməˈreɪʃən/
noun
1.
a conglomerate mass
2.
a mass of miscellaneous things
3.
the act of conglomerating or the state of being conglomerated
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Word Origin and History for conglomeration
n.

1620s, from Latin conglomerationem (nominative conglomeratio), noun of action from past participle stem of conglomerare (see conglomerate (adj.)).

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