the great world or universe; the universe considered as a whole (opposed to microcosm).
the total or entire complex structure of something: the macrocosm of war.
a representation of a smaller unit or entity by a larger one, presumably of a similar structure.
Origin of macrocosm
1590–1600;Related formsmac·ro·cos·mic, adjectivemac·ro·cos·mi·cal·ly, adverb
< French macrocosme
< Medieval Latin macrocosmus.
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a complex structure, such as the universe or society, regarded as an entirety, as opposed to microcosms, which have a similar structure and are contained within it
any complex entity regarded as a complete system in itself
Word Origin for macrocosm
C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world
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Word Origin and History for macrocosm
c.1600, "the great world" (the universe, as distinct from the "little world" of man), from Old French macrocosme (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin macrocosmus, from Greek makros "large, long" (see macro-) + kosmos (see cosmos).
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A representation of something on a much larger scale. (Compare microcosm.)
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