[ ahr-ki-tahyp ]
/ ˈɑr kɪˌtaɪp /
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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.
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Origin of archetype
OTHER WORDS FROM archetypear·che·typ·al, ar·che·typ·i·cal [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuhl], /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/, ar·che·typ·ic, adjectivear·che·typ·al·ly, ar·che·typ·i·cal·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH archetypearchetype , prototype
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How to use archetype in a sentence
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|Blake Gopnik|July 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
TAURUS Life now feels labyrinthine, which you are archetypally equipped to handle.The Stars Predict Your Week|Starsky + Cox|October 22, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for archetype
/ (ˈɑːkɪˌtaɪp) /
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
C17: from Latin archetypum an original, from Greek arkhetupon, from arkhetupos first-moulded; see arch-, type
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Cultural definitions for archetype
[ (ahr-ki-teyep) ]
An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols (see also symbol) that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.
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