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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The biblical Mary is a powerful cultural archetype whose story has spoken to women across the centuries.
▪ Each needs an archetype, a gold standard, to allow their specimens to be put in the correct cabinet.
▪ In the true manner of archetypes it was probably realized as a feedback symbol independently more than once.
▪ Innovation should be the correct interpretation of the archetype, the prototype.
▪ My conception of Il trovatore is that here are what Jung called archetypes.
▪ Thus, the value of bedtime snacks, of which milk and cookies are still the archetype.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Archetype \Ar"che*type\ ([aum]r"k[-e]*t[imac]p), n. [L. archetypum, Gr. 'arche`typon, fr. 'arche`typos stamped first and as model; 'arche = 'archi + ty`pos stamp, figure, pattern, ty`ptein to strike: cf. F. arch['e]type. See Arch-, pref.]

  1. The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from which a thing is made or formed.

    The House of Commons, the archetype of all the representative assemblies which now meet.

    Types and shadows of that glorious archetype that was to come into the world.

  2. (Coinage) The standard weight or coin by which others are adjusted.

  3. (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; as, the vertebrate archetype.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"original pattern from which copies are made," 1540s [Barnhart] or c.1600 [OED], from Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetypon "pattern, model, figure on a seal," neuter of adjective arkhetypos "first-moulded," from arkhe- "first" (see archon) + typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow" (see type). Jungian psychology sense of "pervasive idea or image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919. Jung defined archetypal images as "forms or images of a collective nature which occur practically all over the earth as constituents of myths and at the same time as autochthonous individual products of unconscious origin." ["Psychology and Religion" 1937]


n. 1 An original model of which all other similar persons, objects, or concepts are merely derivative, copied, patterned, or emulated; a prototype 2 (context literature English) A character, story, or object that is based on a known character, story, or object. 3 An ideal example of something; a quintessence. vb. To depict as, model using or otherwise associate a subject or object with an archetype.


n. an original model on which something is patterned [syn: original, pilot]


The concept of an archetype appears in areas relating to behavior, modern psychological theory, and literary analysis. An archetype can be:

  1. a statement, pattern of behavior, or prototype which other statements, patterns of behavior, and objects copy or emulate. (Frequently used informal synonyms for this usage include "standard example", "basic example", and the longer form "archetypal example". Mathematical archetypes often appear as " canonical examples".)
  2. a Platonic philosophical idea referring to pure forms which embody the fundamental characteristics of a thing in Platonism
  3. a collectively-inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., that is universally present in individual psyches, as in Jungian psychology
  4. a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, or mythology (this usage of the term draws from both comparative anthropology and from Jungian archetypal theory). In various seemingly unrelated cases in classic storytelling, media, etc., characters or ideas sharing similar traits recur.
Archetype (Fear Factory album)

Archetype is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal band Fear Factory. It was released on April 20, 2004 through Liquid 8. Archetype was also issued in a Limited Edition Digipak with a bonus DVD. Depending on where the digipak was obtained, the bonus DVD is either for their "Australian Tour 2004" and the video for "Cyberwaste" or one entitled "The Making of Archetype". Some, though not all, versions of the bonus digipak also included a gold ticket that gave the owner a chance to meet Fear Factory live.

Archetype (disambiguation)

An archetype is a concept found in areas relating to behavior, modern psychological theory, and literary analysis.

Archetype may also refer to:

  • Archetype (information science), a formal re-usable model of a domain concept
  • Archetype (video game), a first-person shooter video game
Archetype (Tonedeff album)

Archetype is the debut album of American rapper Tonedeff, released April 5, 2005 on QN5 Music. 1

Archetype (video game)

Archetype is a First-person shooter that was developed by Munkyfun LLC and published by Villain, LLC. It was released for the iPod Touch and the iPhone on July 2, 2010, and later, an HD version for the iPad on August 19, 2010. It is set in a futuristic world where aliens have invaded Earth, and revolves around the resulting war.

Archetype (Susumu Hirasawa album)

Archetype | 1989-1995 Polydor years of Hirasawa (tentatively titled Best of Polydor years) is Susumu Hirasawa's fourth compilation album.

Archetype (information science)

In the field of informatics, an archetype is a formal re-usable model of a domain concept. Traditionally, the term archetype is used in psychology to mean an idealized model of a person, personality or behaviour (see Archetype). The usage of the term in informatics is derived from this traditional meaning, but applied to domain modelling instead.

An archetype is defined by the OpenEHR Foundation (for health informatics) as follows:

An archetype is a computable expression of a domain content model in the form of structured constraint statements, based on some reference model. openEHR archetypes are based on the openEHR reference model. Archetypes are all expressed in the same formalism. In general, they are defined for wide re-use, however, they can be specialized to include local particularities. They can accommodate any number of natural languages and terminologies.
Archetype (Fear Factory song)

"Archetype" is a song by American heavy metal band Fear Factory, released from the album of the same title. The single was released on the same day as the album itself, on April 19, 2004. It is the fifth track of the album and was also included on the MTV2 Headbangers Ball, Vol. 2 compilation in September 2004. Months prior to the release of Fear Factory's studio album, however, an exclusive remix of "Archetype" was included on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Album in November 2003. This version features a more electronic sound and softer ending.

A music video was produced for the song and was featured on TV programs such as MTV2's Headbangers Ball upon release. Much like the song it represents, the video is presented in a powerfully epic manner.

Usage examples of "archetype".

The death is necessary and is called for by the horse himself, making the horse a cousin to the Deer of native American myth, and ultimately to the figure of Christ, since they all give specific shape to the archetype of the Willing Sacrifice.

Persona is the archetype of interface between self and other, and is thus the basic archetype of all human society and culture.

Shadow is not the only archetype to be repressed and projected, however.

The Trickster is another archetype standing at the boundaries between consciousness and the unconscious.

Animal archetype that deserves special mention here is the Spirit Bird.

Again, the most immediately familiar example of this archetype comes from the traditions of Christian iconography.

It is often difficult for Christians to grasp that this archetype does not begin or end with the figure of Jesus.

This has led Joseph Campbell to suggest that one archetype of the Mandala is the archetype of differentiated, urban civilization itself.

As I float down the amphitheater, I hold the pieces aloft as a concrete example of the archetype of spiral, evolutionary development.

Another archetype lurks below the surface: that those who direct social enterprises are more intelligent than those nearer the bottom.

Pilgrims, history textbooks introduce the archetype of American exceptionalism.

The genial omissions and the invented details with which our textbooks retell the Pilgrim archetype are close cousins of the overt censorship practiced by the Massachusetts Department of Commerce in denying Frank James the right to speak.

Instead, their view of white-Indian relations is dominated by the archetype of the frontier line.

Our textbooks do not teach against the archetype of the savage Indian that pervades popular culture.

The archetype of African Americans as dependent on others begins here, in textbook treatments of Reconstruction.