of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother.
- Sometimes ar·che·typ·i·cal [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuhl], /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic .
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How to use archetypal in a sentence
Everard’s killer—an off-duty cop named Wayne Couzens—is the archetypal villain we don’t know.Gabby’s Case Reminds Me of the Scariest Hike I Ever Took | Alaina Demopoulos | September 23, 2021 | The Daily Beast
Yes, they alienated some people, but they were totally OK with who they were alienating because they were moving closer to their ideal archetypal customer.‘Every brand has a purpose’: A collective of women’s health brands rally against Texas’ new abortion law | Kimeko McCoy | September 16, 2021 | Digiday
Like a refrain, they also circle back to the subject of myth as it relates to the human propensity to come to terms with the mysteries and verities that underwrite existence through archetypal stories.‘Genesis Noir’: A stunning game about love, murder, joy and the Big Bang | Christopher Byrd | April 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Hinton is the archetypal academic, tousled, lost in thought, with a wry wit and healthy disrespect for authority.The minds behind artificial intelligence, and the bidding war for them | Craig Smith | March 19, 2021 | Washington Post
If that is so, then Becker has written “The Heroine’s Journey” about three very different women who answered the archetypal call to adventure — and found themselves immersed in the chaos that was the Vietnam War.Three female journalists who braved the chaos of Vietnam | Jacqueline Winspear | March 12, 2021 | Washington Post
Black Alice and Strix have origin stories that more closely resemble the archetypal comic heroes.Gail Simone’s Bisexual Catman and the ‘Secret Six’ | Rich Goldstein | December 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Marion Barry, the former four-time mayor of Washington D.C., notorious for being filmed smoking crack, is the archetypal survivor.
As Goggins puts it, “pictures about the archetypal not the stereotypical South.”Kentucky’s Finest Antihero: Walton Goggins on Justified’s Chameleon Villain | Allen Barra | February 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Christie, an archetypal tough guy happy warrior, at first dismissed accusations that the traffic jam was politically motivated.Why 'Bridgegate' Will Make or Break Chris Christie | John Avlon | January 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Alex Jones is a representative Second Amendment enthusiast in the same way that Leonid Brezhnev is an archetypal progressive.Piers Morgan’s Gun-Control Freak Show Rounds Up the Crazies | Michael Moynihan | January 11, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
He had not wholly freed himself, however, from archetypal trammels.
Truly is Homer the primordial Hellenic seer, he who sees and sets forth the archetypal forms of the future of his race.Homer's Odyssey | Denton J. Snider
Yes, in the sight of God, like the archetypal ideas of the Platonists.What is Property? | P. J. Proudhon
All things exist, according to his well-known doctrine of ideas, in an ideal or archetypal form, a pattern laid up in heaven.Parallel Paths | Thomas William Rolleston
This is a Generic Creation, creation according to genera or classes, like the "archetypal ideas" of Plato.The Law and the Word | Thomas Troward
British Dictionary definitions for archetypal
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
- archetypally or archetypically, adverb
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