Definition of microcosm in English:


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(also microcosmos)
  • 1A community, place, or situation regarded as encapsulating in miniature the characteristic qualities or features of something much larger.

    ‘Berlin is a microcosm of Germany, in unity as in division’
    • ‘As a junior at Onteora High School, I saw my school become a microcosm of the situation in the larger community.’
    • ‘The ideal jury is a microcosm of the community from which it is drawn.’
    • ‘The reserve is a microcosm of the characteristic old Herefordshire landscape comprising hay meadows and orchards enclosed by thick hedgerows.’
    • ‘She who had abandoned the world outside the cloister walls found the microcosm of the community within too large.’
    • ‘The coaching situation is a microcosm of the differences between the way the two franchises operate.’
    • ‘In this respect, Dresden is a microcosm of the situation throughout the former East Germany.’
    • ‘It is tempting to view the situation as a microcosm of his later life.’
    • ‘I like to film these microcosms, highly-structured societies, small communities, groups within a very specific space.’
    • ‘Her women are not feminist case studies but microcosms of the complex rules and regulations that govern such states.’
    • ‘In sustaining living communities, collections of buildings such as colleges and campuses, as microcosms of the city typology, always need to grow.’
    • ‘This small group of characters was a microcosm of the real world.’
    • ‘Airports have become small microcosms of society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The earliest foreign settlements were microcosms of European metropolitan societies.’
    • ‘In this example, the island airport is a microcosm of the city and is accessed by one long bridge from the mainland.’
    • ‘At their best they offer a microcosm of Red Sea reef life.’
    1. 1.1Humankind regarded as the epitome of the universe.
      ‘the belief in correspondences between the Universe and Man—between microcosm and macrocosm’
      • ‘Thus, TCM views each of us as part of one unbroken whole, a microcosm, or smaller universe of Nature.’
      • ‘We are considered microcosms of the macrocosm of the universe.’
      • ‘The two keys represent the uniting of the microcosm and the macrocosm.’
      • ‘Most important is the nearly universal idea of microcosm and 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The microcosm as well as the macrocosm is based on a constant harmony of movement, from the atoms to the galaxies.’
      • ‘This album's strength lies in addressing both microcosm and macrocosm.’
      • ‘The science of primordial energy relates the electricity of macrocosm and microcosm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, we have the link between the macrocism and the microcosm.’
      • ‘The human being is thus a microcosm, containing in little the same energies as the macrocosm.’
      • ‘First, that since both macrocosm and microcosm were made by God, therefore there are important analogies between them.’
      • ‘Some of these traditions also mapped this onto the breath as a way of talking about macrocosm and microcosm.’
      • ‘Through such liturgy, both the universe as macrocosm and the individual human being as microcosm are transformed, transfigured and deified.’



/ˈmīkrəˌkäzəm/ /ˈmaɪkrəˌkɑzəm/


    in microcosm
    • In miniature.

      ‘Not only is it my home, my family's home and the southern fringe of Te Tai Tokerau, all of which are the best reasons to love a place, but in microcosm it is everything I love about New Zealand.’
      • ‘I loved this film - it's a sharp, tightly edited piece that, in microcosm, tells a story indicative of the massive changes our town is currently experiencing.’
      • ‘I think the programme makers were hoping for some kind of Lord of the Flies situation in which the boys would form their own society in microcosm, electing a leader or some form of substitute authority figure.’
      • ‘His advice might be good in microcosm: but if everyone follows it, if everyone submits to misapplied authority, we'll wind up in a police state.’
      • ‘And that's in microcosm, the story of the global media.’
      • ‘Here, even small things become the world in microcosm.’
      • ‘Even worse, they misfired horribly in areas where they were at full strength, their lineout was dreadful and the lineout phase itself offered the match in microcosm.’
      • ‘Now the new Senior VP faces in microcosm the same problem confronting the task force: there is nothing for her to do.’
      • ‘This was a Cup final but, in truth, it was also Celtic's season in microcosm, full of the insecurities that saw them broken-hearted at Motherwell.’
      • ‘The crises of the past two weeks have demonstrated - in microcosm - what is wrong with the health service, and why it needs to be torn down if it is to be transformed.’


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