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  • microcosm — mi|cro|cos|m [ˈmaıkrəukɔzəm US krouka: ] n [Date: 1100 1200; : Medieval Latin; Origin: microcosmus, from Greek mikros kosmos small world ] a small group, society, or place that has the same qualities as a much larger one →↑macrocosm microcosm of… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • microcosm — See macrocosm/microcosm …   Philosophy dictionary

  • MICROCOSM — (from Gr. mikros kosmos; small world ), term in the Western philosophical tradition referring to man as an epitome of the universe (the macrocos) in his parts and structure. The Arabic (ʿālam ṣaghīr), Hebrew (olam katan), and Latin (mundis minor) …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Microcosm — may refer to: Macrocosm and microcosm, a philosophical idea Microcosm (CERN), a museum near Geneva, Switzerland Microcosm (video game), a 1993 shoot em up by Psygnosis Microcosm Ltd, a UK software protection company Microcosm (clock), a unique… …   Wikipedia

  • Macrocosm — Mac ro*cosm, n. [Macro + Gr. ? the world: cf. F. macrocosme.] The great world; that part of the universe which is exterior to man; contrasted with microcosm, or man. See {Microcosm}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • macrocosm — [mak′rōkäz΄əm, mak′rəkäz΄əm] n. [Fr macrocosme < ML macrocosmus: see MACRO & COSMOS] 1. the great world; the universe 2. any large, complex entity: Opposed to MICROCOSM macrocosmic [mak′rōkäz′mik, mak΄rəkäz′mik] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Microcosm — Mi cro*cosm, n. [F. microcosme, L. microcosmus, fr. Gr. mikro s small + ko smos the world.] 1. A little world; a miniature universe. Hence (so called by Paracelsus), a man, as a supposed epitome of the exterior universe or great world. Opposed to …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • macrocosm — [[t]mæ̱kroʊkɒzəm[/t]] N SING: usu the N A macrocosm is a complex organized system such as the universe or a society, considered as a single unit. [FORMAL] The macrocosm of the universe is mirrored in the microcosm of the mind. Ant: microcosm …   English dictionary

  • microcosm — microcosmic, microcosmical, adj. /muy kreuh koz euhm/, n. 1. a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm). 2. anything that is regarded as a world in miniature. 3. human beings, humanity, society, or the like, viewed as an epitome… …   Universalium

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