karass

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Etymology[edit]

Coined by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. in the novel Cat's Cradle.

Noun[edit]

karass (plural karasses)

  1. A network or group of people who, unknown to themselves, are somehow affiliated or linked, specifically to fulfill the will of God.
    • 1963, Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
      We Bokononists believe that humanity is organized into teams, teams that do God's Will without ever discovering what they are doing. Such a team is called a karass by Bokonon []
    • 2013, Felix Lebed, Michael Bar-Eli, Complexity and Control in Team Sports: Dialectics in Contesting Human Systems, Routledge (ISBN 9780415672887), page 128
      Like all complex systems of this type, each “karass” has its own history (see Chapter 1, 1.2). This history is a selected and saved internal ethos of organization based on both social relations and common activity experience.