- 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
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Examples from the Web for macrocosm
You can see its effects in the macrocosm of HIV infections.Prostitutes Are Scapegoated as HIV Panic Grips Athens
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The microcosm of the human body is the lesser image of the macrocosm.Timaeus
It is quite true that to a man with his gifts any microcosm will do for a macrocosm in miniature.Sir Walter Scott
From whence did she derive the theory of macrocosm and microcosm?
You've seen in the microcosm, as I have in the macrocosm that all life is one.Circle of Flight
This microcosm, like the macrocosm, may be divided into many departments.
- 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
C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world
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Word Origin and History for macrocosm
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A representation of something on a much larger scale. (Compare microcosm.)
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