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.
Ask a liberal to describe a “crazy Republican,” and their description is likely to fit one of two archetypes.
The Craziest Town Hall Ever Maureen O’Connor September 25, 2009
Hardy describes a world of complex rules, rituals, and archetypes.
Man’s Only Friend Michael Schaffer March 30, 2009
As we become adults, we have this need to marginalize youth and make them into archetypes.
‘The Cabin in the Woods’ Spoilers: Drew Goddard Speaks Freely Maria Elena Fernandez April 15, 2012
One wishes that these archetypes seemed more quaint than they are.
Girl Power Comes to Broadway Rachel Syme April 30, 2009
For whatever reason, I think about that a lot—two American archetypes.
Broadway’s Comeback Kid Kevin Sessums November 1, 2011
Longhi speaks of him as “most unfaithful to his archetypes,” and, “whatever the originals, being always Bartolozzi.”
The Best Portraits in Engraving Charles Sumner
They are transcripts, types—the archetypes are in us, and eternal.
Human Animals Frank Hamel
The archetypes (or models) of qualities are the actualizations of the beings, which are the principles of these qualities.
Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 1 Plotinos (Plotinus)
The Greek anthology and Martial have furnished the archetypes of our epigrams and of our epitaphs.
Ephemera Critica John Churton Collins
Moses and the prophets were considered by the evangelists antetypes or archetypes of the coming Savior.
The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors Kersey Graves
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
“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.
archetype ar·che·type (är’kĭ-tīp’)
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. Also called imago.
ar’che·typ’al (-tī’pəl) or ar’che·typ’ic (-tĭp’ĭk) or ar’che·typ’i·cal adj.
An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.
of or having the nature of an , or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother. Contemporary Examples 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 10, 2013 It is an […]
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. Contemporary Examples As archetypically “presidential” as Mitt Romney seemed, his […]
archevite one of the nations planted by the Assyrians in Samaria (Ezra 4:9); the men of Erech.
a combining form with the general sense “first, principal,” that is prefixed to nouns denoting things that are earliest, most basic, or bottommost (archiblast; archiphoneme; architrave); or denoting individuals who direct or have authority over others of their class, usually named by the base noun (archimandrite; architect). Historical Examples archi, 3, making allowance for the […]