Definition of congeries in English:
noun (plural same)
A disorderly collection; a jumble: whiffs of ground coffee and a congeries of smells
More example sentences
- It is difficult not to believe that at times our judges, in trying to craft general principles from of a confusing congeries of conflicting case-law, have simply failed adequately to understand it or the principles behind it.
- This is a point that may yet come home to cities that are currently embracing big-box retail development in place of the congeries of small shops and homes that exist now.
- It was on the periphery that the idea of ‘the British Empire as a congeries of territories linked by their commerce, united with common interests and centred politically upon London’ was most compelling.
Mid 16th century: from Latin congeries 'heap, pile', from congerere 'heap up'.
Definition of congeries in:
- British & World English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.