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macrocosm

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Pronunciation: /ˈmakrə(ʊ)kɒz(ə)m
 
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Definition of macrocosm in English:

noun

The whole of a complex structure, especially the world or the universe, contrasted with a small or representative part of it. Contrasted with microcosm.
Example sentences
  • Clearly we have no trouble building systems of thought around whatever we perceive the structure of the macrocosm to be.
  • Like them he believes that the macrocosm of the enormous complexity of the personality is reflected in the microcosm of every gesture, every vocalization.
  • The traditional linkage of human calendrical microcosms to universal historical macrocosms followed an argument in five stages.
Synonyms
universe, cosmos, world, wide world, globe, creation, solar system, galaxy, outer space
system, structure, totality, entirety, complex

Derivatives

macrocosmic

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈkɒzmɪk/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Therefore, we moved from a microcosmic view of the construction and maintenance of power dynamics to a macrocosmic view.
  • As a Pisces, your consciousness is more comfortable when it's attuned to the macrocosmic perspective.
  • Eventually the story leaves the visible universe and enters the realm of the big bang, where macrocosmic structures find their origins in the microcosmic physics of subatomic particles.

macrocosmically

2
Pronunciation: /-ˈkɒzmɪk(ə)li/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Shonibare uses this microcosmically to depict his own life experiences, and macrocosmically to encapsulate what he conceives to be the hybrid, eclectic relationship between the West and the Orient.
  • Look at the human race macrocosmically.
  • To know about the Holocaust is to view it macrocosmically, as a historical event full of dates, names and hideous numbers.

Words that rhyme with macrocosm

microcosmbosom

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