[ mak-ruh-koz-uhm ]
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  1. the great world or universe; the universe considered as a whole (opposed to microcosm).

  2. the total or entire complex structure of something: the macrocosm of war.

  1. a representation of a smaller unit or entity by a larger one, presumably of a similar structure.

Origin of macrocosm

1590–1600; <French macrocosme<Medieval Latin macrocosmus.See macro-, cosmos

Other words from macrocosm

  • mac·ro·cos·mic, adjective
  • mac·ro·cos·mi·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for macrocosm


/ (ˈmækrəˌkɒzəm) /

  1. 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

  2. any complex entity regarded as a complete system in itself

Origin of macrocosm

C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world

Derived forms of macrocosm

  • 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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