- a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm).
- anything that is regarded as a world in miniature.
- human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome or miniature of the world or universe.
Origin of microcosm
Examples from the Web for microcosmic
In Brazil, there was a microcosmic slice of the kind of public role he is attempting to carve.Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card
June 27, 2014
Literature is essentially a niche interest, and, as such, is subject to its own microcosmic fads.Famous for Not Being Famous: Enough About ‘Stoner’
October 31, 2013
He is determined to tell the truth of our microcosmic baseness.Egoists
The reactions with microcosmic salt are the same as with borax.
The microcosmic salt bead dissolves almost every oxide except silica, SiO2, and this is seen to float about in the melted mass.The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis
Frederick Hutton Getman
It must be compelled to reform its microcosmic reflections, even down there, where it has to be driven by force.Visions and Revisions
John Cowper Powys
Many of the silicates give with borax a clear bead, while they form with microcosmic salt an opalescent one.
- 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
Word Origin and History for microcosmic
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.)