Definition of microcosm in English:

microcosm

noun

  • 1A community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger.

    ‘the city is a microcosm of modern Malaysia’
    • ‘Airports have become small microcosms of society.’
    • ‘The reserve is a microcosm of the characteristic old Herefordshire landscape comprising hay meadows and orchards enclosed by thick hedgerows.’
    • ‘I like to film these microcosms, highly-structured societies, small communities, groups within a very specific space.’
    • ‘Schools are microcosms of society and so, inevitably, there are bound to be examples of unacceptable and antisocial behaviour.’
    • ‘In a way, the Island thus becomes a microcosm of urban society.’
    • ‘As a junior at Onteora High School, I saw my school become a microcosm of the situation in the larger community.’
    • ‘The coaching situation is a microcosm of the differences between the way the two franchises operate.’
    • ‘It is tempting to view the situation as a microcosm of his later life.’
    • ‘Currently, the city is a microcosm of the lurching recovery of the country.’
    • ‘A single medley, out of a captivating 40-minute set, offers a microcosm of their gifts.’
    • ‘At their best they offer a microcosm of Red Sea reef life.’
    • ‘The earliest foreign settlements were microcosms of European metropolitan societies.’
    • ‘The ideal jury is a microcosm of the community from which it is drawn.’
    • ‘This small group of characters was a microcosm of the real world.’
    • ‘In this example, the island airport is a microcosm of the city and is accessed by one long bridge from the mainland.’
    • ‘Her women are not feminist case studies but microcosms of the complex rules and regulations that govern such states.’
    • ‘She who had abandoned the world outside the cloister walls found the microcosm of the community within too large.’
    • ‘In this respect, Dresden is a microcosm of the situation throughout the former East Germany.’
    • ‘Certainly, these little microcosms of society that are our colleges should model, as closely as possible, what is best about our diverse, democratic, and pragmatic society.’
    • ‘In sustaining living communities, collections of buildings such as colleges and campuses, as microcosms of the city typology, always need to grow.’
    1. 1.1 Humankind regarded as the representation in miniature of the universe.
      ‘the belief in correspondences between the Universe and Man—between microcosm and macrocosm’
      • ‘Some of these traditions also mapped this onto the breath as a way of talking about macrocosm and microcosm.’
      • ‘The two keys represent the uniting of the microcosm and the macrocosm.’
      • ‘Through such liturgy, both the universe as macrocosm and the individual human being as microcosm are transformed, transfigured and deified.’
      • ‘The microcosm as well as the macrocosm is based on a constant harmony of movement, from the atoms to the galaxies.’
      • ‘Most important is the nearly universal idea of microcosm and macrocosm.’
      • ‘Here, we have the link between the macrocism and the microcosm.’
      • ‘This album's strength lies in addressing both microcosm and macrocosm.’
      • ‘They can be seen as cosmic instruments, symbolic of manifesting the vibration of each of the planets to bring balance from the macrocosm to us as the microcosm.’
      • ‘We are considered microcosms of the macrocosm of the universe.’
      • ‘First, that since both macrocosm and microcosm were made by God, therefore there are important analogies between them.’
      • ‘The human being is thus a microcosm, containing in little the same energies as the macrocosm.’
      • ‘It is how we have come to know what we are - and what we are is (to use some old language) a microcosm of the macrocosm.’
      • ‘Thus, TCM views each of us as part of one unbroken whole, a microcosm, or smaller universe of Nature.’
      • ‘The science of primordial energy relates the electricity of macrocosm and microcosm.’
      • ‘To take off through the air, casting one's gaze across the endless sweep of the universe or upon the no less exciting realm of the microcosm.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French microcosme or medieval Latin microcosmus, from Greek mikros kosmos ‘little world’.

Pronunciation

microcosm

/ˈmʌɪkrə(ʊ)kɒz(ə)m/