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[ahr-ki-tahy-puh l]
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  1. 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-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic.

Origin of archetypal

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Related Words for archetypal

stereotypical, quintessential, average, classic, conventional, exemplary, hackneyed, model, prime, representative, standard, stock, textbook, trite, paradigmatic

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archetypical (ˌɑːkɪˈtɪpɪkəl)

  1. perfect or typical as a specimen of something
  2. being an original model or pattern or a prototype
  3. psychoanal of or relating to Jungian archetypes
  4. constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
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Derived Formsarchetypally or archetypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for archetypal


1640s, from Latin archetypum (see archetype) + -al (1). Jungian sense is from 1923.

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