mac·​ro·​cosm | \ˈma-krə-ˌkä-zəm \

Definition of macrocosm 

1 : the great world : universe

2 : a complex that is a large-scale reproduction of one of its constituents

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Other Words from macrocosm

macrocosmic \ˌma-​krə-​ˈkäz-​mik \ adjective
macrocosmically \-​mi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

Synonyms for macrocosm


cosmos, creation, nature, universe, world

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Examples of macrocosm in a Sentence

almost the entirety of the vast macrocosm remains beyond our reach

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As within all divination practices, spellwork is based on the belief that within each individual is an entire cosmology that mirrors the expanse of the universe — the microcosm symbolizes the macrocosm. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Casting Your Own Spells at Home," 26 Mar. 2018 In other words, the macrocosm of the cosmos is reflected in the microcosm of individual experience. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Tarot Cards and Understanding Their Meanings," 26 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of macrocosm

1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for macrocosm

French macrocosme, from Medieval Latin macrocosmos, from Latin macr- + Greek kosmos order, universe

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The first known use of macrocosm was in 1602

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English Language Learners Definition of macrocosm

: a large system (such as the entire universe) that contains many smaller systems

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