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Saturday, April 29, 2006

Definitions for microcosm

  1. A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
  2. A smaller, representative system having analogies to a larger system.

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Citations for microcosm
The monarch and his followers thought of the court as a microcosm of how the kingdom ought to be, the harmonious expression of a social order centred on the monarch. John Brewer, The Pleasures of the Imagination
There is a classic Jimmy Stewart movie, Magic Town, about "Grandview," a small town in the Midwest that is a perfect statistical microcosm of the United States, a place where the citizens' opinions match perfectly with Gallup polls of the entire nation. James S. Fishkin, The Voice of the People
Origin of microcosm
1150-1200
Microcosm comes from Greek mikros kosmos, "small world."