Definition of congeries in English:


Line breaks: con|ger¦ies
Pronunciation: /kɒnˈdʒɪəriːz
, ˈkɒndʒəriz/

noun (plural same)

  • A disorderly collection; a jumble: a congeries of European states
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    • 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'.

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