- the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
- (in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.
Origin of archetype
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Contemporary Examples of archetypally
The Joker just has to come off as credibly, impressively, archetypally mad—as the latest role model for all other vicious madmen.‘Batman’ Taught Accused Colorado Shooter James Holmes How to Be Crazy
July 25, 2012
TAURUS Life now feels labyrinthine, which you are archetypally equipped to handle.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 22, 2011
- a perfect or typical specimen
- an original model or pattern; prototype
- psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
- a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
Word Origin for archetype
"original pattern from which copies are made," 1540s, from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon "pattern, model, figure on a seal," neuter of adjective arkhetypos "first-moulded," from arkhe- "first" (see archon) + typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow" (see type). Jungian psychology sense of "pervasive idea or image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919.
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.
- In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual.imago