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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.
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(ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒzəm) or


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
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(ˈmaɪ krəˌkɒz əm)

also mi•cro•cos•mos

(ˌmaɪ krəˈkɒz məs, -moʊs)

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.
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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"
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[ˈmaɪkrəʊkɒzəm] Nmicrocosmo m
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[ˈmaɪkrəʊkɒzəm] nmicrocosme m
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[ˈmaɪkrəʊˌkɒzm] nmicrocosmo
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Beyond us, around us, human nature is at an end, and we are the only population of this microcosm until we become pure Selenites."
In this microcosm he represented French loquacity and excitability, and we beg you to believe that they were well represented.
The fishermen's song grew ever nearer and clearer, as their boat stood in for the beach; and I would have gone down to see them land their cargo of fish, had not the microcosm at my feet stirred my curiosity yet more keenly.
Think not that there is anything arbitrary in the numbers of parts of which that whole, that mysterious microcosm which you call a drama or a romance, is composed.
My life is like the single dewy star That trembles on the horizon's primrose-bar,-- A microcosm where all things living are.
There is one sentence in it, however--namely: `I protest strongly against the insufferable and entirely dogmatic assertion that each separate id is a microcosm possessed of an historical architecture elaborated slowly through the series of generations.' Have you no desire, in view of later research, to modify this statement?
Being a microcosm himself, he discovers -- and it is a true discovery, and he is the man to make it -- that the world has been eating green apples; to his eyes, in fact, the globe itself is a great green apple, which there is danger awful to think of that the children of men will nibble before it is ripe; and straightway his drastic philanthropy seeks out the Esquimau and the Patagonian, and embraces the populous Indian and Chinese villages; and thus, by a few years of philanthropic activity, the powers in the meanwhile using him for their own ends, no doubt, he cures himself of his dyspepsia, the globe acquires a faint blush on one or both of its cheeks, as if it were beginning to be ripe, and life loses its crudity and is once more sweet and wholesome to live.
A government office is, in short, a microcosm of society, with its oddities and hatreds, its envy and its cupidity, its determination to push on, no matter who goes under, its frivolous gossip which gives so many wounds, and its perpetual spying.
Uhfelder argues that by portraying his literary persona as an exemplum of man and his quest for self-knowledge, Boethius has made the whole Consolatio into a cosmic image representing man as a microcosm. She covers similus imago: a like image, the cosmic paradigm: III.M.9, the physical cosmos: Book III, the philosophical argument as cosmic image: Books II-V, man as microcosm: Books I-V, the Christian substratum as hidden treasure, and the literary cosmos.
Summary: Dubai Airports, in cooperation with Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), has developed the 'Microcosm of Dubai', a new initiative that aims to give passengers transiting through the emirate's airports a unique experience of the city.
Summary: Microcosm of Dubai' to give transit travellers an experience of Dubai without boundaries