Archetype definition

ärkĭ-tīp
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An ideal example of a type; quintessence.

An archetype of the successful entrepreneur.

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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.

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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.

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A perfect example of a type or group.
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In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
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To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.
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An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype.
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(literature) A character, story, or object that is based on a known character, story, or object.
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An ideal example of something; a quintessence.
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(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.
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An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype.
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The original pattern, or model, from which all other things of the same kind are made; prototype.
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In Jungian psychology, any of several innate ideas or patterns in the psyche, expressed in dreams, art, etc. as certain basic symbols or images.
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In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
archetype
Plural:
archetypes

Origin of archetype

  • Latin archetypum from Greek arkhetupon from neuter of arkhetupos original arkhe-, arkhi- archi- tupos model, stamp

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French architipe (French archétype), from Latin archetypum, from Ancient Greek ἀρχέτυπον (arkhetupon, “pattern, model”) neuter of ἀρχέτυπος (arkhetupos, “first-moulded”), from ἀρχή (arkhē, “first, origin ”) + τύπος (typos, “sort, type, press”).

    From Wiktionary