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.
- mac·ro·cos·mic, adjective
- mac·ro·cos·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use macrocosm in a sentence
You can see its effects in the macrocosm of HIV infections.Prostitutes Are Scapegoated as HIV Panic Grips Athens | Barbie Latza Nadeau | June 17, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Does it stand to reason that the knowledge of ourselves should interest us less than that of the macrocosm, the external world?Mysterious Psychic Forces | Camille Flammarion
In short, each monad is a kind of deity in itself—a microcosm representing all the great features of the macrocosm.A History of Science, Volume 2(of 5) | Henry Smith Williams
The Nous is in fact the god within, and it bears to the microcosm Man the relation which the infinite God bears to the macrocosm.Philo-Judaeus of Alexandria | Norman Bentwich
He thought that “each plant was in a sympathetic relation with the macrocosm and consequently with the Microcosm.”The Browning Cyclopdia | Edward Berdoe
The universe consists of three worlds; the archetypal (God), the macrocosm (the world), the microcosm (man).
British Dictionary definitions for macrocosm
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
- Compare microcosm
- macrocosmic, adjective
- macrocosmically, adverb
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Cultural definitions for macrocosm
A representation of something on a much larger scale. (Compare microcosm.)
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