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Definition of microcosm noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

microcosm

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈmaɪkrəˌkɑzəm//
 
 
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  • a thing, place, or group that has all the features and qualities of something much larger The family is a microcosm of society. compare macrocosm
  • Idioms
    in microcosm
     
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    on a small scale The developments in this town represent in microcosm what is happening in the country as a whole.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: microcosm