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microcosm

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noun mi·cro·cosm \ˈmī-krə-ˌkä-zəm\

Simple Definition of microcosm

  • : something (such as a place or an event) that is seen as a small version of something much larger

Full Definition of microcosm

  1. 1 :  a little world; especially :  the human race or human nature seen as an epitome of the world or the universe

  2. 2 :  a community or other unity that is an epitome of a larger unity

mi·cro·cos·mic play \ˌmī-krə-ˈkäz-mik\ adjective
mi·cro·cos·mi·cal·ly play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
in microcosm
  1. :  in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale

Examples of microcosm

  1. The village is a microcosm of the whole country.

  2. The game was a microcosm of the entire season.



Origin of microcosm

Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos


First Known Use: 15th century




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