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macrocosm

[mak-ruh-koz-uhm]
noun
1.
the great world or universe; the universe considered as a whole (opposed to microcosm ).
2.
the total or entire complex structure of something: the macrocosm of war.
3.
a representation of a smaller unit or entity by a larger one, presumably of a similar structure.

Origin:
1590–1600; < French macrocosme < Medieval Latin macrocosmus. See macro-, cosmos

macrocosmic, adjective
macrocosmically, adverb
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macrocosm (ˈmækrəˌkɒzəm)
 
n
1.  a complex structure, such as the universe or society, regarded as an entirety, as opposed to microcosms, which have a similar structure and are contained within it
2.  any complex entity regarded as a complete system in itself
 
[C16: via French and Latin from Greek makros kosmos great world]
 
macro'cosmic
 
adj
 
macro'cosmically
 
adv

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macrocosm
c.1600, "the great world" (the universe, as distinct from the "little world" of man), from O.Fr. macrocosme (c.1300), from M.L. macrocosmus, from Gk. makros "large, long" (see macro-) + kosmos "cosmos" (see cosmos).
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macrocosm definition


A representation of something on a much larger scale. (Compare microcosm.)

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