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 (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.]
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(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]
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(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]
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- A Latin word meaning "heap or pile of disparate items" or "disorderly collection."
See also related terms for heap.
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 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.
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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"
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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.
The reality however is a lot complex in the tribal congeries of violence now hastily merged into KP.
AT the time of Partition, it was predicted that India and Pakistan would break up into 'congeries of states'.
Muslim congeries were mercilessly killed by bullets, flames and petrol bombs today.
This congeries of opinions, views, and prejudices caused Mencken's journalism to be banned from most magazines and newspapers, including the Baltimore Sun, for which he had written since his youth and on whose board he sat.
The real source of duplication and waste is the congeries of obstacles that European countries face when it comes to developing joint capabilities.
At the time of Partition, it was that both India and Pakistan would break up into 'congeries of states'.
Today's far-right is a congeries of self-identified "sovereign citizens" (who, like Walt Whitman, believe they are "entire unto themselves"), "3%ers" (an allusion to the mythical number of Americans who fought the British during the Revolutionary War), and elderly white tea-party retirees on Medicare and Social Security who resent having to support "free-loaders" ("Not my child, not my problem!").
The Scots' case for independence is not the outcome of some present oppression, but of a congeries of past slights and indignities.
Adebanwi's point is that the nation comprises precisely these congeries of 'ties, loyalties, and preferences' between marginalized members of civil minorities seeking to represent themselves--in the full sense of representation as political enfranchisement and textual visibility (p.
The "Deep state" is now accepted usage for a congeries of military, bureaucrats, financiers and politicians who acquire sufficient traction--or at least the capacity for inertia/corruption--to act outside the law and democratic process.