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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 archetypal Leigh Fermor anecdote: beautifully written, fabulously romantic and just a little showy.
Goodbye to My Hero William Dalrymple June 19, 2011

Marion Barry, the former four-time mayor of Washington D.C., notorious for being filmed smoking crack, is the archetypal survivor.
Marion Barry: ‘I Did It My Way’ Lloyd Grove June 22, 2014

The archetypal Arizonan did not slag the state; he spoke in the language of a real-estate brochure.
The Governor Who Hates Her State Bryan Curtis July 18, 2010

He lost to Muhammad, Jugdish, Sidney, and Clayton—the archetypal losers from Animal House.
Paul Begala: Santorum Spanks Romney in Midwestern Primaries Paul Begala February 7, 2012

Historical Examples

Yes, in the sight of God, like the archetypal ideas of the Platonists.
What is Property? P. J. Proudhon

All must be archetypal; every truth must pre-exist to its perception.
Essays in Radical Empiricism William James

These archetypal forms or ideas are the “thoughts of God” 586–they are the plan according to which he framed the universe.
Christianity and Greek Philosophy Benjamin Franklin Cocker

For the Divine Mind which planned the archetypal also foreknew all its modifications.
The Plurality of Worlds William Whewell

Apart then from the incarnation, the Word was archetypal man as well as God.
The Arian Controversy H. M. Gwatkin

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

1640s, from Latin archetypum (see archetype) + -al (1). Jungian sense is from 1923.


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