a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm): The human body is a microcosm.
anything regarded as a representative, miniature version of a larger complex reality: The fictional small town of Black Rock, California, serves as a microcosm of America in the postwar era.
Environmental Science. a controlled experimental environment or ecosystem small enough to be housed in a laboratory and reproducing conditions that occur on a larger scale in the outdoors: Researchers have investigated the survival of this bacteria in saline solutions and seawater in laboratory microcosms.: Compare mesocosm.
human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome or miniature of the world or universe: In the human microcosm, intellect is the deep spiritual center of being.
- Also called mi·cro·cos·mos [mahy-kruh-koz-muhs, -mohs]. /ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊs/.
- mi·cro·cos·mic [mahy-kruh-koz-mik], /ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz mɪk/, mi·cro·cos·mi·cal, adjective
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How to use microcosm in a sentence
I spoke with pawnbrokers across the country about what the business has been like in this unprecedented year, and the picture that emerged was a microcosm of the economy that flies under the radar for many.It’s easy to assume pawnshops are doing great in the pandemic. It’s also wrong. | Emily Stewart | November 30, 2020 | Vox
Hsieh wanted to create a microcosm of Silicon Valley that was infused with the ethos of Burning Man.The complexity and brilliance of Tony Hsieh: a personal appreciation | Aimee Groth | November 30, 2020 | Quartz
Artists are trying to make plurality work in these little microcosms.With playhouses dark, interactive theater online is lighting things up | Peter Marks | October 29, 2020 | Washington Post
In some ways, the boycott was a microcosm for how some advertisers see inclusive media buying.
Schools really are their own microcosm where you have a lot of individuals from different areas in the community coming in.When Can Schools Safely Reopen? The Answer Is Part Science, Part Guesswork. | Kaleigh Rogers (email@example.com) | August 19, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
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 | THE 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.
The way he approaches his sexual escapades is only a microcosm of his general douchebag approach to life.
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 | THE DAILY BEAST
Immigration reform is a hugely consequential microcosm of the national political debate.
The broad-beamed budgerow presented a strangely accurate microcosm of India at that moment.The Red Year | Louis Tracy
We grant that man is a very complex machine, a microcosm peopled with possibilities of which we can understand but little.Irish Witchcraft and Demonology | St. John D. (St. John Drelincourt) Seymour
Maimonides knew Joseph ibn Zaddik favorably, but he was not familiar with the "microcosm."
Man is called "microcosm," a world in miniature, because he has in him represented all the elements of the universe.
We must now review briefly the practical part of Ibn Zaddik's philosophy as it is found in the fourth part of the "microcosm."
British Dictionary definitions for microcosm
a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one
man regarded as epitomizing the universe
- Compare macrocosm
- microcosmic or microcosmical, adjective
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Cultural definitions for microcosm
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