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Definition a small environment that demonstrates characteristics of a larger environment
  • The town is a microcosm of the country.
  • consciously made our home a microcosm of beauty
  • My life is like the single dewy star That trembles on the horizon's primrose-bar,— A microcosm where all things living are.
    Pater, Walter Horatio  --  The Guardian
  • In a way, he's a functioning microcosm of us all.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • And he knew, too, that his mind dwelt in a world of its own, Shangri-La in microcosm, and that this world also was in peril.
    James Hilton  --  Lost Horizon
  • Here, in a microcosm, we can observe the evil that has crushed our poor planet from the day of its birth in cosmic ooze.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Nobody else I ever knew was so close to the author, to the microcosm of that play as it must have surrounded Wharfinger's living mind.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
    John Steinbeck  --  Travels with Charley
  • On other floors, Travis knew that mothers were giving birth and the elderly were passing away, a microcosm of the world.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • In the beginning he had wanted to use his play as a microcosm to say something about the abuse of power.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • He tried to think of other microcosms of the universe that might be battlegrounds: alien invasions, Wild West shootouts, spy missions.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • How they got there was a portrait of American victory in microcosm.
    James Bradley  --  Flags of Our Fathers
  • We regarded the struggle in prison as a microcosm of the struggle as a whole.
    Nelson Mandela  --  Long Walk to Freedom
  • Rather, such experiences in the natural world taught me about the diversity of life that could be found in any microcosm.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe II
  • I'd like, myself, such a one to see: Sir Microcosm his name should be.
    Goethe (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)  --  Faust
  • I STEPPED INTO the lobby, our brave new world in microcosm.
    Rick Yancey  --  The Infinite Sea
  • It was a nice microcosm.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The town became a microcosm of the world itself, or at least of the parts plagued with society-shattering violence.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • But she didn't think she could maintain another minute wondering what microcosmic parasites were crawling over her skin.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • Typically, the hero of the fairy tale achieves a domestic, microcosmic triumph, and the hero of myth a world-historical, macrocosmic triumph.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces

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