congress

[ noun kong-gris; verb kuhn-gres, kuhng- ]SEE DEFINITION OF congress
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Additional legislation of this kind was passed by the outgoing Congress.

We need a new engagement, too, between the Executive and the Congress.

The daily proceedings of Congress at Washington are discussed in Japan.

I shall deal with each of them upon the assembly of the Congress.

His eloquence was proverbial, both in congress, and at home.

Congress resolved that a monument should be erected to him at Annapolis.

Congress would not believe in our danger--perhaps could not have helped us if it would.

There was a somewhat larger Whig party, which by word and deed supported Congress.

It does not depend upon the twenty-five slave votes in Congress.

You'd be a mighty lonesome minority in a congress of my employers, Harry.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1400, "body of attendants; also "meeting of armed forces" (mid-15c.); main modern sense of "coming together of people, a meeting" is from 1520s; from Latin congressus "a friendly meeting; a hostile encounter," past participle of congredi "meet with, fight with," from com- "together" (see com-) + gradi "to walk," from gradus "a step" (see grade (n.)).

Sense of "meeting of delegates" is first recorded 1670s. Meaning "sexual union" is from 1580s. Used in reference to the national legislative body of the American states since 1775 (though since 1765 in America as a name for proposed bodies). Congress of Vienna met Nov. 1, 1814, to June 8, 1815, and redrew the map of Europe with an eye to creating a balance of powers after the disruptions of Napoleon.

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