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English definition of “microcosm”

microcosm

noun [C or U]     /ˈmaɪ.krəʊˌkɒz.əm/ US  /-kroʊˌkɑː.zəm/
a small place, society, or situation that has the same characteristics as something much larger: The audience was selected to create a microcosm of American society. → Compare macrocosmSimilar and the sameDescribing people with the same qualities
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