archetype
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɑːkɪtaɪp/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈɑɹkɪtaɪp/
Noun

archetype (plural archetypes)

  1. An original#Adjective|original model#Noun|model of which all other similar concepts, object#Noun|objects, or persons are merely copy#Verb|copied, derivative#Adjective|derivative, emulated, or pattern#Verb|patterned; a prototype#Noun|prototype. [from mid 16th c.]
    • 1658, Thomas Browne, “The Garden of Cyrus. […]. Chapter V.”, in Hydriotaphia, Urne-buriall, […] Together with The Garden of Cyrus, […], London: Printed for Hen[ry] Brome […], OCLC 48702491 ↗; reprinted as Hydriotaphia (The English Replicas), New York, N.Y.: Payson & Clarke Ltd., 1927, OCLC 78413388 ↗, [https://archive.org/stream/hydriotaphiaurne00browuoft#page/
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  • An ideal#Adjective|ideal example of something; a quintessence.
  • (literature) A character, object, or story that is base#Verb|based on a known character, object, or story.
  • (psychology) According to Swiss psychologist Carl Jung: a universal pattern#Noun|pattern of thought#Noun|thought, present in an individual#Noun|individual's unconscious#Noun|unconscious, inherited from the past#Adjective|past collective#Adjective|collective experience#Noun|experience of humanity.
  • (textual criticism) A protograph.
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    archetype (archetypes, present participle archetyping; past and past participle archetyped)

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



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