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A miscellaneous collection; a hodgepodge.

[Latin omnium, genitive pl. of omnis, all; see op- in Indo-European roots + gatherum (mock-Latinate alteration of gather).]
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often facetious a miscellaneous collection; assortment
[C16: from Latin omnium of all, from omnis all + Latinized form of English gather]
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(ˌɒm ni əmˈgæð ər əm)

n., pl. -ums.
a miscellaneous collection.
[1520–30; < Latin omnium of all (genitive pl. of omnis) + pseudo-Latin gatherum a gathering]
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a miscellany or medley.
See also: Collections and Collecting
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.omnium-gatherum - a motley assortment of thingsomnium-gatherum - a motley assortment of things  
assortment, miscellanea, miscellany, mixed bag, motley, potpourri, salmagundi, smorgasbord, variety, mixture - a collection containing a variety of sorts of things; "a great assortment of cars was on display"; "he had a variety of disorders"; "a veritable smorgasbord of religions"
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MULDOON'S PICNIC Date: Saturday 2 September Time: 7.45pm Venue: The MAC, Belfast Pulitzer Prize-winning Irish poet Paul Muldoon makes his return to Belfast for one night only at the MAC with Muldoon's picnic, an omnium-gatherum of words and music.
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He and another editor, the brilliantly irreverent Harold Hayes, as well as the magazine's co-founder and publisher, Arnold Gingrich (a fishing/drinking chum of Hemingway's), were properly impressed by the edgy, self-conscious style Mailer displayed in the prefatory "advertisements" to his 1959 omnium-gatherum, Advertisements for Myself.
In these pages he undertakes a sort of jazz improvisation on the theme of human freedom, surveying an omnium-gatherum of earlier writers' and cultures' thoughts on the topic from the point of view of a "freedom-skeptic." Gray sees the modern, supposedly secular belief in human freedom as a creed that will not admit its character: "Throughout much of the world ...
This was a different kind of exhibition from its predecessors--and their own likely inspiration, Richard Wentworth's brilliantly idiosyncratic omnium-gatherum "Thinking Aloud," which toured to this venue in 1999--in another respect, too.
Unfortunately, much of the last quarter of the book deteriorates into a kind of omnium-gatherum of topics that apparently interested Nowak at one point or another without fitting coherently into the argument.
As is often the case with a collection of separately published essays, even ones as thematically unified as these, this book has something of a cobbled together, omnium-gatherum quality.
Cloth, $55.00--Like many collections of essays, this work is a veritable omnium-gatherum, both in terms of topics and quality.
And when a play touches a nerve in the audience (as the post-9/11 angst of Omnium-Gatherum, by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck, did last year), it really hits.
Rockwell: We're designing the set for a play called "Omnium-Gatherum." It's a black comedy about a dinner party that takes place post-9/11.