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English definition of “microcosm”

microcosm

noun [C/U]    /ˈmɑɪ·krəˌkɑz·əm/
a small place , society , or situation that has the same characteristics as something much larger : [C] What’s happened to us is a microcosm of what’s happened to industry in America .
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