congeries

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From Latin congeriēs (heap, mass, pile), from congerō (I carry together).

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congeries (plural congeries)

  1. A collection or aggregation of disparate items.
    • 1898, William McKinley, Second State of the Union Address:
      The world has seen the postal system developed from a congeries of independent and exclusive services into a well-ordered union, of which all countries enjoy the manifold benefits.
    • 1928, Virginia Woolf, Orlando:
      By short cuts known to him, he made his way now through the vast congeries of rooms and staircases to the banqueting-hall, five acres distant on the other side of the house.
    • 1932, H. P. Lovecraft, Dreams in the Witch-House:
      Two of the less irrelevantly moving things - a rather large congeries of iridescent, prolately spheroidal bubbles and a very much smaller polyhedron of unknown colours and rapidly shifting surface angles - seemed to take notice of him and follow him about or float ahead as he changed position...
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 40:
      The three of them could hardly tell themselves apart, became a sort of congeries of loving emotions, all mutually complementary.
    • 2003, Roy Porter, Flesh in the Age of Reason, Penguin 2004, p. 243:
      That whole congeries of values was now in question.
    • 2005, John Banville, The Sea, Picador 2005, p. 216:
      It was not what I was that I disliked, I mean the singular, essential me - although I grant that even the notion of an essential, singular self is problematic - but the congeries of affects, inclinations, received ideas, class tics, that my birth and upbringing had bestowed on me in place of a personality.

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congeriēs f (genitive congeriēī); fifth declension

  1. heap, pile, mass
  2. collection, accumulation

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Fifth declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative congeriēs congeriēs
genitive congeriēī congeriērum
dative congeriēī congeriēbus
accusative congeriem congeriēs
ablative congeriē congeriēbus
vocative congeriēs congeriēs