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archetypal

variants: also archetypical

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1 constituting, serving as, or worthy of being a pattern to be imitated

  • St. Peter's basilica in Rome is considered by some art historians to be the archetypal structure in the baroque style
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2 having or showing the qualities associated with the members of a particular group or kind

  • the movieʼs hero is pretty archetypal, lacking in any distinctive qualities that would distinguish him from countless other masked avengers
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