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writ large

Apparent in a more noticeable or obvious way or to a greater extent. The new blockbuster is really just a simple old story writ large. Come election season, we see all our national concerns writ large.
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writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied with greater magnitude, as in That book on Lincoln is simply an article writ large. [Mid-1600s]
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writ large

clear and obvious.
The literal sense of written in large characters has long fallen out of use. As the past participle of write , writ has been superseded by written except in this phrase and analogous phrases such as writ small .
1994 Time Voters fear the future, which looks to them like the present writ large: more concern about crime, more economic pressure on their families, more of that unnerving sound of something eating away at the edges of their lives.
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ˌwrit ˈlarge

(literary)
1 easy to see or understand: Mistrust was writ large on her face.
2 (used after a noun) being a larger or more obvious example of the thing mentioned: The party’s new philosophies are little more than their old beliefs writ large.
Writ in this idiom means written.
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writ large

Signified, expressed, or embodied in a greater or more prominent magnitude or degree: "The man was no more than the boy writ large" (George Eliot).
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The general lack of preparedness was writ large by an incident that occurred coincidentally on the same day as the disclosure of new security threats.
Behold Lull's face carved on a mountain or writ large in clouds--
The book points to significant changes in the already formidable scholarship associated with early modern Scottish studies, changes that augur well for early modern Scottish studies' future contributions to early modern studies writ large. Tuckwell Press is to be commended for its ongoing support of early modern Scottish literary studies.
If the word "book" was derived from "bece," an Old English form of beech, then this tree is certainly a book writ large. More than 100 people have staked their claim, expressed their love, or otherwise symbolized their story on its smooth silvery-gray bark.
Here is a repeat, writ large, of the old cowboys and Indians story.
Leave it to the poetic and philosophical Dennis Kucinich, Democrat of Ohio, to denounce Bush's military tribunals on the floor of the House as "Kafka's The Trial, writ large." Kucinich, the former "boy mayor" of Cleveland, still tousle-headed and slightly starry-eyed, seems positively other-worldly in cynical official Washington.
The consequences are writ large in history and today across the world: death and destruction, not to mention the downfall of our nation.
Aquinas adopts Plato's maxim that the polis is "human being writ large." Within this account, Finnis discusses the importance of a theory of "general justice."
Does anyone suppose that Shakespeare meant to say that only males abused their authority, when he wrote these lines at the end of the English throne's long occupation by a woman, a woman whose abuse of regal authority is writ large in the history of the time?
Most go for the majestic view, but geologists go to the canyon--a gaping chasm more than 275 miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and in places more than a mile deep--to unravel its untold tale of erosion writ large.
And ethical humanism is Darwin's moral perversity writ large!
This makes "The Lost World" a sort of Frankenstein story writ large, with mad scientists bringing not just individual persons but entire species back from the grave.
Clarke and Ray Bradbury, to a dense, technology-laden nihilism, christened "cyberpunk." He is surely the most influential figure in recent sci-fi, and Johnny Mnemonic bears his futuristic concerns writ large.
Then the books on Russia, piled on the floor, Foreign so far, might sound, as he read them, like his own, The lists of madmen and saints merely the names Of his own moods writ large, And he'd wonder why he waited so long Before he ordered the Tsar to free the serfs, Why he allows the pogroms to go on.
Ifs essentially our problem with electric vehicles, writ large."