[ mahy-kruh-koz-uhm ]
/ ˈmaɪ krəˌkɒz əm /
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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.
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Also called mi·cro·cos·mos [mahy-kruh-koz-muhs, -mohs]. /ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊs/.
Origin of microcosm
OTHER WORDS FROM microcosmmi·cro·cos·mic, mi·cro·cos·mi·cal, adjective
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How to use microcosm in a sentence
Table of correspondences between microcosmos and things on earth, and the planets, 127.The Magic of the Middle Ages|Viktor Rydberg
Thus the simple image of decoration is destroyed, and a microcosmos is created in its place.Modern Painting, Its Tendency and Meaning|Willard Huntington Wright
Thus man with his dualistic soul is a microcosmos, born from the Macrocosmos spontaneously.The Evolution of Modern Medicine|William Osler
British Dictionary definitions for microcosm
/ (ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒzəm) /
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
Derived forms of microcosmmicrocosmic or microcosmical, adjective
Word Origin for microcosm
C15: via Medieval Latin from Greek mikros kosmos little world
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Cultural definitions for microcosm
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.)
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