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archetype

[ahr-ki-tahyp]
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noun
  1. the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
  2. (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.

Origin of archetype

1595–1605; < Latin archetypum an original < Greek archétypon a model, pattern (neuter of archétypos of the first mold, equivalent to arche- arche- + týp(os) mold, type + -os adj. suffix)
Related formsar·che·typ·al, ar·che·typ·i·cal [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic, adjectivear·che·typ·al·ly, ar·che·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
Can be confusedarchetype prototype
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British Dictionary definitions for archetype

archetype

noun
  1. a perfect or typical specimen
  2. an original model or pattern; prototype
  3. psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
  4. a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc

Word Origin

C17: from Latin archetypum an original, from Greek arkhetupon, from arkhetupos first-moulded; see arch-, type
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Word Origin and History for archetype

n.

"original pattern from which copies are made," 1540s, from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon "pattern, model, figure on a seal," neuter of adjective arkhetypos "first-moulded," from arkhe- "first" (see archon) + typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow" (see type). Jungian psychology sense of "pervasive idea or image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

archetype in Medicine

archetype

([object Object])
n.
  1. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.
  2. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual.imago
Related formsar′che•typal (-tīpəl) null null adj.ar′che•typi•cal•ly adv.
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archetype in Culture

archetype

[(ahr-ki-teyep)]

An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols (see also symbol) that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.

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