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archetypal

[ ahr-ki-tahy-puhl ]
/ ˌɑr kɪˈtaɪ pəl /
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adjective

of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother.

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Sometimes ar·che·typ·i·cal [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuhl], /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic .

Origin of archetypal

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British Dictionary definitions for archetypal

archetypal

archetypical (ˌɑːkɪˈtɪpɪkəl)

/ (ˌɑːkɪˈtaɪpəl) /

adjective

perfect or typical as a specimen of something
being an original model or pattern or a prototype
psychoanal of or relating to Jungian archetypes
constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc

Derived forms of archetypal

archetypally or archetypically, adverb
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