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Syllabification: cos·mos
Pronunciation: /ˈkäzməs
 
, ˈkäzˌmōs
 
, ˈkäzˌmäs
 
/

noun

(the cosmos)
1The universe seen as a well-ordered whole: he sat staring deep into the void, reminding himself of his place in the cosmos
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  • In this time there arose a widespread belief in the Heat Death of the Universe, the idea that the cosmos as a whole would eventually fizzle out just as a bouncing ball gradually dissipates its energy and comes to rest.
  • For a pagan Platonist its particularity seemed scandalously incompatible with divine immutability and with a universal operation of providence in the cosmos as a whole.
  • We respond to the luminous revelations of small transcendences rather than the ungraspable miracles of the universe or the cosmos.
1.1A system of thought: the new gender-free intellectual cosmos
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  • Hinduism is a subtle, complex, multi-dimensional spiritual cosmos.
  • There were materialists who wholly denied the existence of that unseen spiritual cosmos of transmigration.
  • Such a reading must highly qualify, if not disallow, any notion of a sacred cosmos.

Origin

Middle English: from Greek kosmos 'order or world'.

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  • The fact that both cosmos and cosmetic (early 17th century) go back to the same word, Greek kosmos gives an interesting insight into the way the ancient Greeks thought. Kosmos had a central meaning ‘order’, but was also used to mean ‘world’ and the putting of oneself in order that involved ‘adornment’.

Words that rhyme with cosmos

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Syllabification: cos·mos
Pronunciation: /ˈkäzməs
 
, ˈkäzˌmōs
 
, ˈkäzˌmäs
 
/

noun

An ornamental plant of the daisy family with single dahlialike flowers. Native to tropical America, it is widely grown as an ornamental.
  • Genus Cosmos, family Compositae
Example sentences
  • Plant members of the daisy family, cosmos and yarrow to encourage beneficials.
  • Goldfinches also feed on the seed of goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, zinnias, dandelions and other weedy plants.
  • Geraniums, dianthus, cosmos, sweet peas and even fuchsias are also popular.

Origin

from Greek kosmos in the sense 'ornament'.

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  • The fact that both cosmos and cosmetic (early 17th century) go back to the same word, Greek kosmos gives an interesting insight into the way the ancient Greeks thought. Kosmos had a central meaning ‘order’, but was also used to mean ‘world’ and the putting of oneself in order that involved ‘adornment’.

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