congeries


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con·ge·ries

 (kən-jîr′ēz′, kŏn′jə-rēz′)
n. (used with a sing. verb)
A collection; an aggregation: "Our city, it should be explained, is two cities, or more—an urban mass or congeries divided by the river" (John Updike).

[Latin congeriēs, from congerere, to heap up; see congest.]

congeries

(kɒnˈdʒɪəriːz)
n
(functioning as singular or plural) a collection of objects or ideas; mass; heap
[C17: from Latin, from congerere to pile up, from gerere to carry]

con•ge•ries

(kɒnˈdʒɪər iz, ˈkɒn dʒə riz)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
a collection of items or parts in one mass; assemblage; aggregation; heap.
[1610–20; < Latin: a heap =conger(ere) to collect, heap up (con- con- + gerere to bear, carry) + -iēs n. suffix; compare series]

congeries

- A Latin word meaning "heap or pile of disparate items" or "disorderly collection."
See also related terms for heap.

Congeries

 a collection of particles, parts, or things; a heap; a group of things heaped together.
Examples: congeries of ballads; of furniture shops; of repugnant affections, 1619; of rocks, 1793; of dead and stupid matter, 1679; of towers, halls, churches, and chambers, 1875; of stars, 1849; of watery particles, 1725.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.congeries - a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
plankton - the aggregate of small plant and animal organisms that float or drift in great numbers in fresh or salt water
nekton - the aggregate of actively swimming animals in a body of water ranging from microscopic organisms to whales
sum total, summation, sum - the final aggregate; "the sum of all our troubles did not equal the misery they suffered"

congeries

noun
Translations

congeries

n sing (liter)Konglomerat nt, → Ansammlung f, → Anhäufung f
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These very mirages are the unthinkable and incalculable congeries of appearances that crowd in upon you and form you out of the past, and that sweep you on into dissemination into other unthinkable and incalculable congeries of appearances to people the ghost land of the future.
The top floor at the Albany, as elsewhere, is devoted to the servants--a congeries of little kitchens and cubicles, used by many as lumber-rooms--by Raffles among the many.
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George Berkeley, in some ways an even more radical empiricist than Hume, answers this natural desire by denying altogether the existence of the world "without the mind," arguing that there are only minds and their ideas, that esse est percipi aut posse percipere, and that sensible things are congeries of ideas in the mind.
Grand Amsterdam Hotel, Netherlands-The new and old clash and energize each other here in this vast ancient congeries of buildings.
Ineluctably, we are drawn to ponder a vast congeries of issues affecting our country and its place in the world: globalization, economic dominance, unequal distribution of the world's resources, reprisals, secularization, ignorance about other living faiths, especially Islam and its subdivisions, and long-seated antipathies.
Geoffrey Searle begins his study of the ethics of free-market ideology in Victorian Britain with a few choice lines from the not-so-Victorian John Maynard Keynes (writing in 1926) to the effect that capitalism is the most efficient economic system and yet is in many ways "extremely objectionable," not to mention "absolutely irreligious, without internal union, without much public spirit, often, though not always, a mere congeries of possessors and pursuers" (1).
A political scientist at the American University of Beirut known for his quantitative analyses of public opinion in Lebanon and elsewhere, Hilal Khashan has written a courageous and objective book on the congeries of problems that currently beset the Arab world.
Built up painstakingly over the centuries, the disciplines represent the best thinking of human beings on questions of consequence -- who we are, where we come from, what we can aspire to, what will happen to us, the congeries of topics often summed as "the true, the beautiful, and the good.
Whether its record of governing four towns will engender greater support or whether it will become the millenium's last group of romantics fighting for a congeries of lost causes is unknowable, but NF supporters cannot complain about Peter Davies' treatment of them: he has let them speak for themselves and illuminated a component of French politics for the past three decades.
Ellis creates a confusing congeries by terming all of this "illiberal egalitarianism.
Taruskin proceeds by identifying the congeries of ideas and values whose pressures conditioned the atmosphere in which The Rite and Svadebka were composed.