Saturday, April 29, 2006
microcosm noun [MY-kruh-koz-uhm] A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
Definitions for microcosm
- A little world. Hence, man or human nature as a supposed epitome of the world or universe (compare macrocosm).
- 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.
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.