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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This cosmic object was first discovered in 2017 by researchers with the Panoramic Survey Telescope Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS). Chelsea Gohd, Space.com, "Interstellar Visitor 'Oumuamua Is a Comet After All," 27 June 2018 And all of them are just as much in karmic thrall as the grandees who came before them, undone by ambition, rashness and cosmic retribution. Daniel Akst, WSJ, "‘The Hazards of Good Fortune’ Review: An Unforgiven Overreacher," 5 Oct. 2018 For 20 years, the IceCube Collaboration had a dream to identify the sources of high-energy cosmic neutrinos – and this dream is now a reality. Smithsonian, "Scientists Explain The Thrill of Detecting a Neutrino From a Far-Off Galaxy," 12 July 2018 The Sinking City, Frogwares’ cosmic horror detective game, just last week announced a delay to June 27. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Obsidian's Outer Worlds and Remedy's Control lead a new wave of Epic Games Store exclusives," 20 Mar. 2019 New photos from the New Horizons spacecraft offer a new perspective on the small cosmic body 4 billion miles (6.4 billion kilometers) away. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "NASA’s faraway space snowman has flat, not round, behind," 12 Feb. 2019 Americans aren’t far behind in seeking solace and some sort of cosmic wellness in New Zealand—not to mention a safe place to park their dollars. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "We Should All Just Move to New Zealand," 17 Jan. 2019 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

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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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