American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself” ( William J. Hampton).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A little world or cosmos; the world in miniature; something representing or assumed to represent the principle of universality: often applied to man regarded as an epitome, physically and morally, of the universe or great world (the macrocosm).
- n. A little community or society.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to
- n. A relatively small object or system considered as representative of a larger system of which it is part, exhibiting many features of the complete system.
- n. a miniature model of something
- From French microcosme, from Latin microcosmus, from Ancient Greek μικρός (mikrós, "small") + κόσμος (kosmos, "world"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English microcosme, man as a little world, from Old French, from Late Latin mīcrocosmus, from Greek mīkros kosmos : mīkros, small + kosmos, world, order. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Finnish pavilion at Shanghai World Expo 2010 portrays our country in microcosm, presenting both Finland and its society to the world.”
“It was, in microcosm, an illustration of the success, and burden of the success of managing AIDS as a chronic disease in sub-Saharan Africa.”
“These two developments, I submit, signpost in microcosm a road to a future that is survivable, sane, and sustainable.”
“Want the messiness of human life and understanding in microcosm?”
“And it's the cosmos in microcosm, of course – another advantage.”
“The states themselves are free trade zones in microcosm, and the less prosperous communities in states often catch up relative to the more prosperous ones.”
“It's unfortunate because Vermont can be treated as American society in microcosm in certain aspects.”
“The fourteenth century had a lot going on throughout Europe, and what makes World Without End an incredible novel is that Follett uses the monumental and catastrophic events in microcosm focused through a couple of small towns in England.”
“If there is one work that contains, in microcosm, both the Zola and Céline influences, it is”
“In many ways this race refelcts the state in microcosm, Charlottesville/Albemarle is Northern Virginia and the southside is Central Virginia (without Chalottesville).”
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