Definitions

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  • n. A detailed imaginary world, especially one created by a child.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a prolonged fantasy world invented by children; can have a definite geography and language and history

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek παρά (para, "beside, alongside") + κόσμος (kosmos, "world, universe"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A Michigan State University study of MacArthur "genius award" winners found a remarkably high rate of paracosm creation in their childhoods.

    The Creativity Crisis

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  • Here's a link to an article about the imaginary worlds (paracosms) created by highly gifted children, e.g., the Bronte sisters: http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/1035/imaginary-worldplay-indicator-creative-giftedness.pdf

    May 9, 2013

  • There’s a secret world where you try and hide,
    You want to live but you’re dead inside,
    Now you’re trying to make your paracosms true.

    - Puressence, She's Gotten Over You

    July 30, 2008

  • "A paracosm is a society thought up by a child--an invented universe with a distinctive language, geography, and history. (The Brontës invented a couple of paracosms when they were children.)"

    "Bumping into Mr. Ravioli", from Through the Children's Gate by Adam Gopnik, page 158.

    July 30, 2008