[ahr-ki-tahy-puh l]


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-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic.

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archetypical (ˌɑːkɪˈtɪpɪkəl)


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 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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