microcosmsN-COUNT: oft N of n, also in NA microcosm is a small society, place, or activity which has all the typical features of a much larger one and so seems like a smaller version of it. [FORMAL]
Kitchell says the city was a microcosm of all American culture during the '60s...
In many respects, Mahan's story is that of the Asian community in microcosm.Ant:
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MICROCOSM — (from Gr. mikros kosmos; small world ), term in the Western philosophical tradition referring to man as an epitome of the universe (the macrocos) in his parts and structure. The Arabic (ʿālam ṣaghīr), Hebrew (olam katan), and Latin (mundis minor) … Encyclopedia of Judaism
Microcosm — may refer to: Macrocosm and microcosm, a philosophical idea Microcosm (CERN), a museum near Geneva, Switzerland Microcosm (video game), a 1993 shoot em up by Psygnosis Microcosm Ltd, a UK software protection company Microcosm (clock), a unique… … Wikipedia
microcosm — MICROCÓSM, (rar) microcosmuri, s.n. (livr.) Reprezentare redusă a Universului. ♦ Omul, considerat ca o reprezentare redusă a Universului; lumea interioară a omului. [var.: microcósmos s.n.] – Din fr. microcosme, lat. microcosmus. Trimis de… … Dicționar Român
Microcosm — Mi cro*cosm, n. [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro s small + ko smos the world.] 1. 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 … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
microcosm — (n.) c.1200, mycrocossmos (modern form from early 15c.), human nature, man viewed as the epitome of creation, lit. miniature world, from M.Fr. microcosme and in earliest use directly from M.L. microcosmus, from Gk. mikros small (see MICA (Cf.… … Etymology dictionary
microcosm — ► NOUN 1) a thing regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristics of something much larger. 2) humankind regarded as the epitome of the universe. DERIVATIVES microcosmic adjective. ORIGIN from Greek mikros kosmos little world … English terms dictionary
microcosm — [mī′krō kä΄zəm] n. [ME microcosme < ML microcosmus < LGr mikros kosmos, little world: see MICRO & COSMOS] a little world; miniature universe; specif., a) man regarded as an epitome of the world b) a community regarded as a miniature or… … English World dictionary
Microcosm — Pour l’article homonyme, voir Microcosm (jeu vidéo). Microcosm Informations géographiques … Wikipédia en Français
microcosm — n. in microcosm (the whole nation in microcosm) * * * in microcosm (the whole nation in microcosm) … Combinatory dictionary
microcosm — mi|cro|cos|m [ˈmaıkrəukɔzəm US krouka: ] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Medieval Latin; Origin: microcosmus, from Greek mikros kosmos small world ] a small group, society, or place that has the same qualities as a much larger one →↑macrocosm microcosm of… … Dictionary of contemporary English
microcosm — UK [ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒz(ə)m] / US [ˈmaɪkrəˌkɑzəm] noun [countable] Word forms microcosm : singular microcosm plural microcosms formal something small that contains or represents all the features or qualities of something larger microcosm of: The village … English dictionary