- The definition of an archetype is the first of its kind and the basis for all to follow it.
An example of an archetype is Frankenstein whose character influenced many future characters of horror books and movies.
- In psychology, an archetype is the innate knowledge, images, or ways of thinking that are inherited from ancestors.
An event that might be an archetype is birth.
Frankenstein's monster is the archetype for characters of horror stories.
archetype definition by Webster's New World
- the original pattern, or model, from which all other things of the same kind are made; prototype
- a perfect example of a type or group
- in Jungian psychology, any of several innate ideas or patterns in the psyche, expressed in dreams, art, etc. as certain basic symbols or images
Origin: Classical Latin archetypus ; from Classical Greek archetypon ; from archos (see arch-) plush typos (see type)
archetype definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: “‘Frankenstein’ . . . ‘Dracula’ . . . ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ . . . the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories” (New York Times).
- An ideal example of a type; quintessence: an archetype of the successful entrepreneur.
- In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
Origin: Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetupon, from neuter of arkhetupos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + tupos, model, stamp.
- arˌche·typˈal , arˌche·typˈic , arˌche·typˈi·cal adjective
- arˌche·typˈi·cal·ly adverb
archetype - Cultural Definition
archetype - Medical Definition
- 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.
- archetypal , arˌche·typˈic , arˌche·typˈi·cal adjective
- archetypically adverb