[ ahr-ki-tahy-puhl ]
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  1. of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother.

Origin of archetypal

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

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British Dictionary definitions for archetypal


archetypical (ˌɑːkɪˈtɪpɪkəl)

/ (ˌɑːkɪˈtaɪpəl) /

  1. perfect or typical as a specimen of something

  2. being an original model or pattern or a prototype

  1. psychoanal of or relating to Jungian archetypes

  2. constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc

Derived forms of archetypal

  • archetypally or archetypically, adverb

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