- 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.
- (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
Origin of archetype
Examples from the Web for archetypes
Sure, the characters are more like archetypes than human beings.‘The Counselor’ & How Cormac McCarthy Beat the Hollywood Curse
October 26, 2013
The archetypes of evil Bond vanquishes are all world-class crooks.James Bond is Back But is He Any Good without Fleming?
October 5, 2013
As we become adults, we have this need to marginalize youth and make them into archetypes.‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Spoilers: Drew Goddard Speaks Freely
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April 16, 2012
For whatever reason, I think about that a lot—two American archetypes.Broadway's Comeback Kid
November 2, 2011
Ask a liberal to describe a “crazy Republican,” and their description is likely to fit one of two archetypes.The Craziest Town Hall Ever
September 26, 2009
They are transcripts, types—the archetypes are in us, and eternal.Human Animals
Theocritus and Virgil have furnished the archetypes for our eclogues and pastorals.
Longhi speaks of him as "most unfaithful to his archetypes," and, "whatever the originals, being always Bartolozzi."The Best Portraits in Engraving
The Greek anthology and Martial have furnished the archetypes of our epigrams and of our epitaphs.
To say that the Universals are archetypes, and that Particulars partake in them, is unmeaning, and mere poetic metaphor.Aristotle
- a perfect or typical specimen
- an original model or pattern; prototype
- psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
- a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
Word Origin and History for archetypes
"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.
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.
- 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