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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for antitypical

Historical Examples of antitypical

  • We should expect, then, an antitypical fulfillment of these conditions.

    The Harp of God

    J. F. Rutherford

  • Cortes progress through the streets of Iztapalapan was antitypical of the grander reception awaiting him in Tenochtitlan.

    The Fair God

    Lew Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for antitypical


  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
Derived Formsantitypic (ˌæntɪˈtɪpɪk) or antitypical, adjectiveantitypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for antitypical



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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