Epitome vs Microcosm - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between epitome and microcosm
is that epitome
) (embodiment or encapsulation of
) while microcosm
is human nature or the human body as representative of the wider universe; man considered as a miniature counterpart of divine or universal nature.
(of a class of items) The embodiment or encapsulation of.
(of a class of items) A representative example.
(of a class of items) The height; the best.
(of a written document) A brief summary.
The sense ‘the height, the best’ is considered incorrect by some; instead, `pinnacle' may be preferred.
* (an embodiment of) in a nutshell (modern idiom), synopsis
* (the best) greatest
* (a summary) abstract, synopsis
Human nature or the human body as representative of the wider universe; man considered as a miniature counterpart of divine or universal nature.
* 1972', Rolf Soellner, ''Shakespeare's Patterns of Self-Knowledge'', Chapter 3: '''''Microcosm and Macrocosm: Framing The Picture of Man ,
(obsolete) The human body; a person.
* (William Shakespeare), , First Folio 1623, Act 2, Scene 1:
- The Christian humanists were emphatic in their demand that a man who wishes to understand himself must realize that he is a little world that reflects on a smaller scale the larger world of the universe.On the other hand, the whole idea of man as a microcosm was questioned by those who were not in sympathy with the Christian humanists.
A smaller system which is seen as representative (of) a larger one.
* 1999 , Barry McIntyre, The Guardian , 16 Dec 1999:
- If you see this in the Map of my Microcosme , followes it that I am knowne well enough too?
- ‘In a sense, the problems experienced at Bristol are like a microcosm of what is happening in the NHS - experienced surgeons battling against difficult circumstances, with inadequate resources and in a culture where the finding of scapegoats appears to be put before the finding of solutions.’
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, author=Phil Dawkes
, title=Sunderland 2 - 2 West Brom
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Steve Bruce's side have swung from highs to lows in what has been at best a wildly inconsistent start to the season. They experienced a microcosm
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(ecology) A small natural ecosystem; an artificial ecosystem set up as an experimental model.
* 2009 , Jerry C. Smrchek, Maurice G. Zeeman, Chapter 3: Assessing Risks to Ecological Systems from Chemicals'', Peter P. Calow (editor), ''Handbook of Environmental Risk Assessment and Management ,
- The method is relatively labour intensive (24-30 microcosms' are run) and more difficult to interpret when compared with other ' microcosm methods (Shannon et al. 1986; Cairns & Cherry 1993).
* (smaller system representative of a larger one) (l)