microcosm

noun mi·cro·cosm \ ˈmī-krə-ˌkä-zəm \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of microcosm

1 : a little world; especially : the human race or human nature seen as an epitome (see epitome 1) of the world or the universe
2 : a community or other unity that is an epitome (see epitome 2) of a larger unity
  • The suburb has been the microcosm of the city.

microcosmic

play \ˌmī-krə-ˈkäz-mik\ adjective

microcosmically

play \-mi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb
in microcosm
: in a greatly diminished size, form, or scale

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Examples of microcosm in a Sentence

  1. The village is a microcosm of the whole country.

  2. The game was a microcosm of the entire season.

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Did You Know?

A microcosm is a "little world" - "mikros kosmos" in Greek. The Greek term was modified to "microcosmus" in Medieval Latin. When early medieval scholars referred to humans as miniature embodiments of the natural universe, they either employed the Latin word microcosmus or they used the English translation, "less world." "Man is callyd the lasse worlde, for he shewyth in hymselfe lyknesse of all the worlde," wrote John Trevisa when he translated the Latin text of Bartholomaeus Anglicus’ encyclopedia in the 14th century. But by the 15th century scholars had adopted an anglicized version of the Latin word, the word we use today - "microcosm."

Origin and Etymology of microcosm

Middle English, from Medieval Latin microcosmus, modification of Greek mikros kosmos


MICROCOSM Defined for English Language Learners

microcosm

noun

Definition of microcosm for English Language Learners

  • : something (such as a place or an event) that is seen as a small version of something much larger



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