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Origin of microcosm
Examples from the Web for microcosm
But what happens at Winchester University is a microcosm of the cruel world beyond its be-crested gates.‘Dear White People’ Is the Race Movie America Didn’t Know It Needed|Rawiya Kameir|October 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I begin to observe that it sounds as if Sully is in microcosm what Newman himself…but that is as far as I get.
Altogether, the monks, the Dukes, and the winemakers created a microcosm the influence of which can still be felt today.The Next UNESCO World Heritage Site: Burgundy’s Pinot Noir Country?|Jordan Salcito|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Or a microcosm of the debate that has consumed the nation and a harbinger of what is to come?Swing States Sit Out Obamacare: What Four Holdouts Are Doing|David Freedlander|September 27, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Think of these two episodes as a microcosm of the state of housing in this great city.
Each man's macrocosm is apt to be related to his microcosm, as the convex to the concave of a curve.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
Their organisation was a microcosm of that of the entire Empire.German Society at the Close of the Middle Ages|Ernest Belfort Bax
Man is a microcosm, that is, a little world, and therefore he doth command all other living creatures and they obey him.
The engineer was to them a microcosm, a compound of every science, a possessor of all human knowledge.The Mysterious Island|Jules Verne
It is, as he admits, an audacious proposal to pit the microcosm against the macrocosm.Social Rights and Duties, Volume I (of 2)|Sir Leslie Stephen
Word Origin for microcosm
c.1200, mycrocossmos (modern form from early 15c.), "human nature, man viewed as the epitome of creation," literally "miniature world," from Middle French microcosme and in earliest use directly from Medieval Latin microcosmus, from Greek mikros "small" (see mica) + kosmos "world" (see cosmos). General sense of "a community constituting a world unto itself" is attested from 1560s. Related: Microcosmic. A native expression in the same sense was petty world (c.1600).
A representation of something on a much smaller scale. Microcosm means “small world,” and in the thought of the Renaissance, it was applied specifically to human beings, who were considered to be small-scale models of the universe, with all its variety and contradiction. (Compare macrocosm.)