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Saturday, November 08, 2003

Definitions for microcosm

  1. A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
  2. A smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.

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Citations for microcosm
The monarch and his followers thought of the court as a microcosm of how the kingdom ought to be, the harmonious expression of a social order centred on the monarch. John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination
There is a classic Jimmy Stewart movie, Magic Town, about "Grandview," a small town in the Midwest that is a perfect statistical microcosm of the United States, a place where the citizens' opinions match perfectly with Gallup polls of the entire nation. James S. Fishkin, The Voice of the People
Origin of microcosm
Microcosm comes from Greek mikros kosmos, "small world."