In metaphysics, 'cosmic' refers to something which involves the individual's higher state of being or the relationship between the individual and the sacred or magical. In SF/fantasy, 'cosmic' may mean the same, or it may refer to something which affects the entire galaxy or universe, perhaps even the very nature of reality itself. The word 'cosmic' may derive from the word 'macrocosm' (the universe), an extension of 'cosm' (world). See microcosm.

Cos"mic (k?z"m?k), Cos"mic*al (-m?-kal), a. [Gr. kosmiko`s of the world, fr. ko`smos: cf. F. cosmique. See Cosmos.]

1.

Pertaining to the universe, and having special reference to universal law or order, or to the one grand harmonious system of things; hence; harmonious; orderly.

2.

Pertaining to the solar system as a whole, and not to the earth alone.

3.

Characteristic of the cosmos or universe; inconceivably great; vast; as, cosmic speed.

"Cosmic ranges of time."

Tyndall.

4. Astron.

Rising or setting with the sun; -- the opposite of acronycal.

 

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