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- n. A detailed imaginary world, especially one created by a child.
A Michigan State University study of MacArthur 'genius award' winners found a remarkably high rate of paracosm creation in their childhoods.
With no siblings, no dad in sight, and a distracted slattern for a mom, little Lucy (Mamie Gummer) has conjured up what's known in child-psychology circles as a 'paracosm' - a fully realized imaginary society.
What’s unusual about this series, co-created with artist Fiona Staples, is that the vast galaxy in which it is set originated as a 'paracosm,' an imaginary world Vaughan created for himself as a child.
'Paracosm' translates from a Greek phrase meaning 'alongside universe.'