mac·​ro·​cosm | \ ˈma-krə-ˌkä-zəm How to pronounce macrocosm (audio) \

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

Examples of macrocosm in a Sentence

almost the entirety of the vast macrocosm remains beyond our reach
Recent Examples on the Web This is a franchise that started with a story about a man building a high-tech suit of armor, and it’s since evolved into a galaxy-spanning macrocosm that includes time travel, Infinity Stones, and talking raccoons. Devan Coggan,, "Here are all Marvel's upcoming Phase 4 movies and TV shows," 22 July 2019 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

borrowed from French & Medieval Latin; French macrocosme, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Medieval Latin macrocosmus, from macro- macro- + -cosmus, in microcosmus microcosm

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The first known use of macrocosm was in 1602

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“Macrocosm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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