microcosm definition

  • noun:
    • A small, representative system having analogies to a bigger system in constitution, setup, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself” ( William J. Hampton).
    • somewhat globe; a miniature world. Therefore (so named by Paracelsus), a person, as a supposed epitome of the external world or great world. In opposition to macrocosm.
    • a somewhat little object or system thought to be agent of a larger system which it is part, displaying many attributes of the entire system.
    • just a little world or cosmos; the whole world in tiny; some thing representing or assumed to portray the concept of universality: often put on man seen as an epitome, literally and morally, of universe or great world (the macrocosm).
    • slightly community or society.
    • a miniature model of something

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