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archetype

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noun ar·che·type \ˈär-ki-ˌtīp\

Simple Definition of archetype

  • : a perfect example of something

Full Definition of archetype

  1. 1 :  the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies :  prototype; also :  a perfect example

  2. 2 :  idea 1a

  3. 3 :  an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual

ar·che·typ·alplay \ˌär-ki-ˈtī-pəl\ also ar·che·typ·i·cal play \-ˈti-pi-kəl\ adjective
ar·che·typ·al·ly play \-pə-lē\ also ar·che·typ·i·cal·ly play \-ˈti-pi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of archetype

  1. He is the archetype of a successful businessman.

  2. an archetype of the modern family



Origin of archetype

Latin archetypum, from Greek archetypon, from neuter of archetypos archetypal, from archein + typos type


First Known Use: 1545


Medical Dictionary

archetype

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noun ar·che·type \ˈär-ki-ˌtīp\

Medical Definition of archetype

  1. 1a:  a primitive generalized plan of structure deduced from the characters of a natural group of plants or animals and assumed to be the characteristic of the ancestor from which they are all descendedb:  the original ancestor of a group of plants or animals

  2. 2:  an inherited idea or mode of thought in the psychology of C. G. Jung that is derived from the experience of the race and is present in the unconscious of the individual

  3. ar·che·typ·al \ˌär-ki-ˈtī-pəl\play adjective





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