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mi·cro·cosm

 (mī′krə-kŏz′əm)
n.
A small, representative system having analogies to a larger system in constitution, configuration, or development: "He sees the auto industry as a microcosm of the U.S. itself" (William J. Hampton).

[Middle English microcosme, a human considered as a little universe, from Middle French, from Old French, from Late Latin mīcrocosmus, from Greek mīkros kosmos : mīkros, small + kosmos, world, order.]

mi′cro·cos′mic (-kŏz′mĭk), mi′cro·cos′mi·cal (-mĭ-kəl) adj.
mi′cro·cos′mi·cal·ly adv.

microcosm

(ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒzəm) or

microcosmos

n
1. a miniature representation of something, esp a unit, group, or place regarded as a copy of a larger one
2. (Philosophy) man regarded as epitomizing the universe
[C15: via Medieval Latin from Greek mikros kosmos little world]
ˌmicroˈcosmic, ˌmicroˈcosmical adj

mi•cro•cosm

(ˈmaɪ krəˌkɒz əm)

also mi•cro•cos•mos

(ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊs)

n.
1. a little world; a world in miniature (opposed to macrocosm).
2. anything that is regarded as a world in miniature, as an individual or a town.
[1175–1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin microcosmus < Greek; see micro-, cosmos]
mi`cro•cos′mic, mi`cro•cos′mi•cal, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.microcosm - a miniature model of somethingmicrocosm - a miniature model of something  
example, model - a representative form or pattern; "I profited from his example"
Translations
microcosmmicrocosmos

microcosm

[ˈmaɪkrəʊkɒzəm] Nmicrocosmo m

microcosm

[ˈmaɪkrəʊkɒzəm] nmicrocosme m

microcosm

[ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒzm] nmicrocosmo
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Precipitating events are treated as microcosmical events that, when combined with broader cultural variables, heighten potential rioter's perceptions of strain.