cosmic

adjective
cos·​mic | \ ˈkäz-mik How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly cosmical \ ˈkäz-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce cosmical (audio) \

Definition of cosmic

1a : of or relating to the cosmos, the extraterrestrial vastness, or the universe in contrast to the earth alone cosmic radiation
b : of, relating to, or concerned with abstract spiritual or metaphysical (see metaphysical sense 2) ideas cosmic wisdom
2 : characterized by greatness especially in extent, intensity, or comprehensiveness a cosmic thinker a book of cosmic significance

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Other Words from cosmic

cosmically \ ˈkäz-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce cosmically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of cosmic in a Sentence

The discovery caused a cosmic shift in people's views of the world. predicted that the war would forever be regarded as a cosmic error

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Only discovered in 2015, ultra-diffuse galaxies are thought to be particularly useful cosmic laboratories for understanding dark matter. Rebecca Boyle, Scientific American, "Astronomers Boggle at Distant Galaxy Devoid of Dark Matter," 28 Mar. 2018 For its part, the depiction of Vishnu’s boar avatar (described above and painted about 1775-80 in Kangra or Guler) exudes such calm and control as to be placid—a reassuring quality in a deity charged with maintaining the cosmic order. Lee Lawrence, WSJ, "‘Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India’ Review: Multifaceted Devotion," 16 Feb. 2019 By the end of the month, four planets will be occupying this elusive sign, so cosmic energy will be in full force. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Gemini Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 But no matter what future unfolds, these vehicles are forever changing the understanding of our cosmic neighborhood. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "What Human Beings Can Teach Aliens About Probing the Solar System," 5 Dec. 2018 Along with the glow-in-the-dark heels, the collection's dresses looked to other cosmic forces as sources of inspiration. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Glow-in-the-Dark Heels Are Here to Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True," 22 Jan. 2019 That’s actually part of a 2012 uniform redesign, which was part of a bigger overhaul of the character that turned her into a leader and one of the Avengers best-equipped to deal with cosmic forces. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Captain Marvel’s first trailer sees Carol Danvers going higher, further, faster (and punching old ladies in the face)," 18 Sep. 2018 Isotopes such as iron-60 are telltale signs of exploding star events, as are subatomic particles called muons, which form when cosmic radiation interacts with the atmosphere. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Exploding Stars Might Have Brought an End to the Prehistoric Megalodon," 14 Dec. 2018 Flight attendants are exposed to several factors known to increase cancer risk, including disrupted sleep patterns and exposure to the increased levels of cosmic ionizing radiation at high altitudes. Nicholas Bakalar, New York Times, "Airline Crew Have Higher Cancer Rates," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of cosmic

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cosmic

Greek kosmikos, from kosmos order, universe

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cosmic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the universe or outer space
: relating to spiritual matters
: very large or important

cosmic

adjective
cos·​mic | \ ˈkäz-mik How to pronounce cosmic (audio) \

Kids Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the whole universe

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