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The ideas of a time are like the clothes of a season: they are as arbitrary, as much imposed by some superior will which is seldom explicit. They are utilitarian and political, the instruments of smooth-running government.
Wyndham Lewis
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Etymology

From Middle French catégorie, from Late Latin categoria, "class of predicables", from ancient Greek κατηγορία, "head of predicables".

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Noun

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category

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categories

category (categories)
  1. A group, often named or numbered, to which items are assigned based on similarity or defined criteria.
    This steep and dangerous climb belongs to the most difficult category.
    I wouldn't put this book in the same category as the author's first novel.
  2. (mathematics) A collection of objects, together with a transitively closed collection of composable arrows between them, such that every object has an identity arrow.
    One well-known category has sets as objects and functions as arrows.

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