congeries

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n congeries a sum total of many heterogenous things taken together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Congeries A collection of particles or bodies into one mass; a heap; an aggregation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • congeries A collection of several particles or bodies in one mass or aggregate; an assemblage or accumulation of things; a combination; an aggregation; a heap.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Congeries kon-jē′ri-ēz a collection of particles or small bodies in one mass.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. congerere,. See Congest
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.,—con, together, gerĕre, gestum, to bring.

Usage

In literature:

Scripture is not a congeries of earth-born fragments, but an organism, pulsating with divine life.
"A Tour of the Missions" by Augustus Hopkins Strong
Do we hold it critically and coherently or as a mere congeries of irreconcilable propositions?
"Rationalism" by John Mackinnon Robertson
It is high and barren, a congeries of gigantic precipices and ridges.
"Visits To Monasteries in the Levant" by Robert Curzon
Our lives are a congeries of solipsisms, out of which in strict logic only a God could compose a universe even of discourse.
"Essays in Radical Empiricism" by William James
These discourses are, however, in reality little but a congeries of anecdotes, often scandalous enough.
"A Short History of French Literature" by George Saintsbury
The whole of your second Letter is no more than an unconnected congeries of the grossest impostures.
"The New Conspiracy Against the Jesuits Detected and Briefly Exposed" by R. C. Dallas
A substance is known to us only as a congeries of attributes.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Aperitur ilico telorum occlusa congeries, et sua sibi quisque tacitus arma connectit.
"Beowulf" by R. W. Chambers
Greece becomes a congeries of city-states, each with its own citizen-militia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
It has been stated to me that the theory of Professor Forbes is "the congeries of facts" which he has discovered.
"The Glaciers of the Alps" by John Tyndall
What is now the German empire was a mere congeries of small states, waging perpetual tariff wars upon each other.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
The electronic theory of the chemical atom supposes, in fact, that atoms are congeries of electrons in rapid orbital motion.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
As the word "interpolation" implies, Hermann did not maintain the hypothesis of a congeries of independent "lays.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
The request was unexpected, but the driver nodded, and showed some skill in turning through the congeries of vehicles which crowded the street.
"The House 'Round the Corner" by Gordon Holmes
The mere struggle for existence could never have produced such a congeries of useless sentiment.
"Miss Stuart's Legacy" by Flora Annie Steel
And again another congeries of stars is opened to our human vision.
"The Missing Link in Modern Spiritualism" by A. Leah Underhill
The brain is made up of a congeries of organs which are the organs of distinct faculties of the mind or soul.
"Private Sex Advice to Women" by R. B. Armitage
The town is an irregular congeries of flat mud-roofed houses.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 7" by Various
What must he think of one who was, as Miss Goodenough had often told her, a mere congeries of defects?
"Chronicles of Dustypore" by Henry Stewart Cunningham
They are not mere congeries of remarkable products.
"The Quarterly of the Oregon Historical Society, Vol. IV" by Various
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