American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: "'Frankenstein' . . . 'Dracula' . . . 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' . . . the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories” ( New York Times).
- n. An ideal example of a type; quintessence: an archetype of successful entrepreneur.
- n. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from the past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A model or first form; the original pattern or model after which a thing is made; especially, a Platonic idea, or immaterial preëxisting exemplar of a natural form.
- n. In coining, the standard weight by which others are adjusted: now called the prototype.
- n. In comparative anatomy, a primitive generalized plan of structure assumed to have been subsequently modified or lost by differentiation and specialization: as, the vertebrate archetype.
- n. The original form from which a class of related forms in plants or animals may be supposed to have descended.
- n. An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype
- n. literature A character, story, or object that is based on a known character, story, or object.
- n. An ideal example of something; a quintessence.
- n. 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.
- v. To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from which a thing is made or formed.
- n. (Coinage) The standard weight or coin by which others are adjusted.
- n. (Biol.) The plan or fundamental structure on which a natural group of animals or plants or their systems of organs are assumed to have been constructed.
- n. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetupon, from neuter of arkhetupos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + tupos, model, stamp. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Instead he views the type as what he calls the archetype of the kind, defined as something that models all the tokens of a kind with respect to projectible questions but not something that admits of answers to individuating questions.”
“So, I agree – Palin undoubtedly appeals to the core values – she's simply the same version of that archetype from the south and midwest, except she has a somewhat different accent. gl, From Pittsburgh”
“We have always loved that archetype, and this archetype is replete throughout American fiction.”
“The Trickster archetype is usually the Fumbling father portrayed in family sitcoms.”
“Maura McHugh's "Vic" is yet another re-working of the Frankenstein archetype, but is so beautifully crafted that it's easy to overlook that.”
“Seems to me the archetype is that of the perils of pride and not a uniquely science fiction construct.”
“The final archetype is what we refer to as “The Initiate.””
“Astrology is an ancient and elegant language steeped in archetype and symbolism and capable of providing a tremendous amount of personal insight.”
“As the word archetype was borrowed from old metaphysical ideas dating back to the time of Plato, he took care to state that what he meant by it was no more than a form embodying all that could be affirmed equally respecting every single kind of cephalous mollusc, and by no means an “idea” upon which it could be supposed that animal forms had been modelled.”
“When we mourn them, we mourn what they symbolized to us, the mythic 'archetype' -- as Carl Jung first called it -- they play in a culture's imagination.”
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