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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Our pain is an overdue righting of the cosmic scales. Globe Staff,, "To many, the Bruins’ loss is a rebalancing of the sports universe," 15 June 2019 That is not the result of some mysterious cosmic force. Chris Sikich, Indianapolis Star, "Democratic debate: Recap of Pete Buttigieg's performance," 19 Dec. 2019 Still, as Lucy’s grip on reality loosens, her feelings for Mark intensify, leading to the film’s increasingly trippy exploration of a cosmic alignment of two disparate hearts (that ultimately leads to an epic conclusion too bonkers to spoil here). Joey Nolfi,, "Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm talk Lucy in the Sky, astronaut love, and interstellar f—kboys," 13 Sep. 2019 This cosmic alignment has been major for you, Libra, activating the areas of your chart associated with finances and stability. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 Tomorrow, Earthlings will be treated to a rare cosmic event — a Mercury transit. ☀️🔭 From our perspective, the planet Mercury will look like a tiny black dot gliding across the Sun’s face. Leada Gore |, al, "Mercury transit: How to watch Monday’s rare astronomical event," 11 Nov. 2019 Armed now with the best-yet evidence for the existence of a neutron star there, astronomers will be watching in earnest, hoping to observe the aftermath of a supernova from the front row in this vast cosmic theater. Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "A Missing Neutron Star May Have Been Found after 30-Year Hunt," 25 Nov. 2019 In principle, cosmic radiation slamming into the red planet could break down perchlorates into more reactive compounds that could, in turn, release O2. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Mysterious oxygen spike seen on Mars puzzles scientists," 18 Nov. 2019 Finding three in one era — the specific three that never would have been quite as transcendent had they been discovered apart from each other — is nothing short of a cosmic miracle. Mike Finger,, "Finger: On Tony Parker’s night, more than an era ends," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of cosmic was in 1685

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13 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cosmic.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of cosmic

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


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

Kids Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the whole universe

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