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  1. something that is foreshadowed by a type or symbol, as a New Testament event prefigured in the Old Testament.
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Origin of antitype

1605–15; < Medieval Latin antitypus < Late Greek antítypos (impression) answering to a die. See anti-, type
Related formsan·ti·typ·ic [an-ti-tip-ik] /ˌæn tɪˈtɪp ɪk/, an·ti·typ·i·cal, adjectivean·ti·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for antitype

Historical Examples

  • She is praised by contrast with the antitype, Thryth, just as Beowulf was praised by contrast with Heremod.



  • The language of Daniel is prophetic, and Darius has in another an antitype.

  • A vision of his antitype, the Cowes Philanderer, crossed me for a second.

    The Riddle of the Sands

    Erskine Childers

  • For this, also, we can easily see another reason in the Antitype.

  • In which, again, the type exactly corresponds to the Antitype.

British Dictionary definitions for antitype


  1. a person or thing that is foreshadowed or represented by a type or symbol, esp a character or event in the New Testament prefigured in the Old Testament
  2. an opposite type
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Derived Formsantitypic (ˌæntɪˈtɪpɪk) or antitypical, adjectiveantitypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antitype


also anti-type, 1610s, from Greek antitypos "corresponding in form," literally "struck back, responding as an impression to a die," from anti- (see anti-) + typos "a blow, mark" (see type (n.)).

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