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[ahr-ki-tahy-puh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtaɪ pəl/
of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype:
an archetypal evil stepmother.
Sometimes, archetypical
[ahr-ki-tip-i-kuh l] /ˌɑr kɪˈtɪp ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
Origin of archetypal Unabridged
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  • They were personal and poetic, individual testimonies and archetypal situations from a culture that had long been marginalized.
  • Not even oil, the archetypal industrial commodity, quite conforms to the super-cycle theory.
  • The former is concerned with long term archetypal interests of the individual and the species.
  • Apple, of course, is the archetypal emotional brand.
  • These archetypal eerie animals are the only mammals that subsist solely on blood.
  • Avatars tells the story of five archetypal video game characters making a journey of self-discovery.
  • Yet, as that hints, he is not quite the archetypal crusading press lord.
  • Vampires sheds light on why this archetypal image has haunted us for so long.
  • Science fiction and fantasy also make up the archetypal hacker canon.
  • The second group covers private entrepreneurs, their employees and archetypal small shopkeepers.
British Dictionary definitions for archetypal


perfect or typical as a specimen of something
being an original model or pattern or a prototype
(psychoanal) of or relating to Jungian archetypes
constantly recurring as a symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
Derived Forms
archetypally, archetypically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for archetypal

1640s, from Latin archetypum (see archetype) + -al (1). Jungian sense is from 1923.

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