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archetype

noun ar·che·type \ˈär-ki-ˌtīp\

: a perfect example of something

Full Definition of ARCHETYPE

1
:  the original pattern or model of which all things of the same type are representations or copies :  prototype; also :  a perfect example
2
:  idea 1a
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·al \ˌär-ki-ˈtī-pəl\ also ar·che·typ·i·cal \-ˈti-pi-kəl\ adjective
ar·che·typ·al·ly \-pə-lē\ also ar·che·typ·i·cal·ly \-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

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

archetype

noun ar·che·type \ˈär-ki-ˌtīp\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of ARCHETYPE

1
a :  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 descended b :  the original ancestor of a group of plants or animals
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
ar·che·typ·al \ˌär-ki-ˈtī-pəl\ adjective

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