cosmic

adjective
cos·mic | \ˈkäz-mik \
variants: or less commonly cosmical \ˈkäz-mi-kəl \

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 \ 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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And the inventory of cosmic neutrinos is only beginning. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "It Came From a Black Hole, and Landed in Antarctica," 12 July 2018 Michael Shannon, playing the brothers’ mysterious rodeo clown father, intones a voice-over about hustling, kicking up a ruckus and the cosmic spirituality of the universe. Katie Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: Lou Taylor Pucci enlivens wild and wooly 'Poor Boy'," 12 July 2018 For the first time, scientists have discovered the source of cosmic neutrinos, ghostly subatomic particles that can travel in a straight line for billions of light-years, passing unhindered through galaxies, stars and anything else in their path. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "'Ghost particles' from outer space: Scientists discover distant source of neutrinos," 12 July 2018 No firm solution or great cosmic answer comes out of this music. Tim Smith, baltimoresun.com, "BSO, Alsop wrap up season with meaty American, Russian program," 8 June 2018 Members of the Rajneeshpuram cult also used the late Dr. Wilhelm Reich’s methods and ideas on cosmic energy in their own controversial spiritual practices. refinery29.com, "Kylie Jenner, Crystals & Cults: Inside The Mysterious Orgonite Society," 13 July 2018 Astronomers have long been tantalized by the prospect of using neutrinos, which move at almost the speed of light and rarely interact with other matter, to learn about violent cosmic events. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "Ghostly particle caught in polar ice ushers in new way to look at the universe," 12 July 2018 The cosmic event is believed to have been celebrated for thousands of years at the prehistoric landmark found in the United Kingdom, according to TIME. Patricia Madej, Philly.com, "Summer solstice 2018: What it is and how to celebrate in Philly," 21 June 2018 Byron was once king of the cosmic virtual universe. George Diaz, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Virtual reality fuels NASCAR's stars of the future, including William Byron," 18 Feb. 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 \

Kids Definition of cosmic

: of or relating to the whole universe

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