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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Belief in the microcosm reflecting the macrocosm and viceversa does not produce some bland reflection of a theory of stable order.
▪ For us the individual is a microcosm of the social macrocosm.
▪ The Germanic mind is highly amenable to the belief in correspondences between the Universe and Man - between microcosm and macrocosm.
▪ The picture is of a freely developing microcosm whose internal dynamics nevertheless parallel those of the social macrocosm.
▪ This is not to be confused with the framing of part of a limitless series, a microcosmic view of the macrocosm.
▪ When the microcosm presents an experience of the macrocosm, it is dramatic indeed.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "the great world" (the universe, as distinct from the "little world" of man), from Old French macrocosme (c.1300) and directly from Medieval Latin macrocosmus, from Greek makros "large, long" (see macro-) + kosmos (see cosmos).


n. 1 A complex structure, such as a society, considered as a single entity that contains numerous similar, smaller-scale structures. 2 (''used absolutely'') The universe.


n. everything that exists anywhere; "they study the evolution of the universe"; "the biggest tree in existence" [syn: universe, existence, creation, world, cosmos]

Macrocosm (Star Trek: Voyager)

__NOTOC__ "Macrocosm" is the 54th episode of Star Trek: Voyager, the 12th episode of the third season. The title borrows the philosophical term macrocosm, definable as a larger world that mirrors what exists in a miniature world, or microcosm.

Macrocosm (album)

Macrocosm is the seventh studio album by the German electronic composer Peter Frohmader, released in 1990 by Cuneiform Records.

Usage examples of "macrocosm".

Furthermore, the interplay of similitudes was hitherto infinite: it was always possible to discover new ones, and the only limitation came from the fundamental ordering of things, from the finitude of a world held firmly between the macrocosm and the microcosm.

Adam Kadmon is a macrocosm, containing all the Causates of the First Cause .

Adam Kadmon, containing all the Causates of the First Cause, is a Macrocosm, 760-m.

The resulting explosion devastated this macrocosm and turned it into a desert.

Dazed by light and form and colour, his eyes attempted to follow and analyse the geometrically untenable planes and images as he trod apparently through a macrocosm of chaos which only his iron resolution reminded him was the blister floor.

This is a part of the process by which the creation is projected: the microcosm and the macrocosm are always present.

The more this microcosm contains reflections or points of reference to the macrocosm - both the inward and the outward universes - then the higher is the potential consciousness, awareness or intelligence of the creature.

And the immense set as a whole becomes a scalar expansion of the sarabande, each of the thirty-two notes enlarged into thirty-two variations that are themselves, apart and together, a macrocosm of a single idea.

Robert Boyle, too, strongly advocated the biblical assertion that humans are made in the image of God, not nature, and this undermined the organic model of nature, which drew analogies between microcosm and macrocosm and between humans and the rest of creation.

Their exhaustion, born both of physical effort and of fear, dissipates before the Hindu god of the macrocosm.

Or we may speak of the macrocosm, or great world, as the Grand Man, and we may say that the Soul of this Grand Man, the self-existent, substantial, and efficient cause of all things, at once immanent within yet transcending all things, is God.

For evil, like chaos, was one of the fundamental forces of Creation, manifest in both the macrocosm of the wide world and the microcosm of the individual soul.