- 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.
- 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.
Frankenstein's monster is the archetype for characters of horror stories.
- 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 of archetypeClassical Latin archetypus ; from Classical Greek archetypon ; from archos (see arch-) + typos (see type)
- An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: “‘Frankenstein’ &ellipsis; ‘Dracula’ &ellipsis; ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ &ellipsis; 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 past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
Origin of archetypeLatin archetypum, from Greek arkhetupon, from neuter of arkhetupos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + tupos, model, stamp.
- ar′che·typ′al , ar′che·typ′ic , ar′che·typ′i·cal
- An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype
- (literature) A character, story, or object that is based on a known character, story, or object.
- An ideal example of something; a quintessence.
- (psychology) According to the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung, a universal pattern of thought, present in an individual's unconscious, inherited from the past collective experience of humanity.
Traditionally archetype refers to the model upon which something is based, but it has also come to mean an example of a personality archetype, particularly a fictional character in a story based on a well-established personality model. In this fashion, a character based on the Jesus archetype might be referred to as a "Jesus archetype". See eponym for a similar usage conflict.
(third-person singular simple present archetypes, present participle archetyping, simple past and past participle archetyped)
- To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.