Complete Definition of "archetype"

English

Etymology
:from L. archetypum, from Gr. αÏÏέÏÏÏον arkhetypon "pattern, model" neut. of adj. αÏÏέÏÏÏÎ¿Ï arkhetypos "first-moulded", from αÏÏή- arkhe- "first" + ÏÏÏÎ¿Ï typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow".

Noun
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  1. An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype
  2. italbrac|usage conflict A person, story, concept, or object that is based on a known archetype; and archetypal character.
  3. An ideal example of something; a quintessence.
  4. italbrac|Jungian psychology A pattern of thought, present in an individual's unconscious, inherited from the past collective experience of humanity.

Usage notes
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.

Translations
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Finnish: perikuva
French: archétype
Greek,
:Ancient: αÏÏέÏÏÏον (arkhetypon) n
:Modern: αÏÏέÏÏÏο (arkhetypo) n
Italian: archetipo m
Polish: archetyp m
Portuguese: arquétipo

Verb
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  1. To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.

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