archetype

[ahr-ki-tahyp]
noun
1.
the original pattern or model from which all things of the same kind are copied or on which they are based; a model or first form; prototype.
2.
(in Jungian psychology) a collectively inherited unconscious idea, pattern of thought, image, etc., universally present in individual psyches.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin archetypum an original < Greek archétypon a model, pattern (neuter of archétypos of the first mold, equivalent to arche- arche- + týp(os) mold, type + -os adj. suffix)

archetypal, archetypical [ahr-ki-tip-i-kuhl] , archetypic, adjective
archetypally, archetypically, adverb

archetype, prototype.
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archetype (ˈɑːkɪˌtaɪp)
 
n
1.  a perfect or typical specimen
2.  an original model or pattern; prototype
3.  psychoanal one of the inherited mental images postulated by Jung as the content of the collective unconscious
4.  a constantly recurring symbol or motif in literature, painting, etc
 
[C17: from Latin archetypum an original, from Greek arkhetupon, from arkhetupos first-moulded; see arch-, type]

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archetype
"original pattern from which copies are made," 1540s, from L. archetypum, from Gk. arkhetypon "pattern, model," neut. of adj. arkhetypos "first-moulded," from arkhe- "first" (see archon) + typos "model, type, blow, mark of a blow." Jungian psychology sense of "pervasive idea
or image from the collective unconscious" is from 1919.
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archetype ar·che·type (är'kĭ-tīp')
n.

  1. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned.

  2. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic image that is derived from the past collective experience of humanity and is present in the unconscious of the individual. Also called imago.


ar'che·typ'al (-tī'pəl) or ar'che·typ'ic (-tĭp'ĭk) or ar'che·typ'i·cal adj.
ar'che·typ'i·cal·ly adv.
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archetype [(ahr-ki-teyep)]

An original model after which other similar things are patterned. In the psychology of Carl Jung, archetypes are the images, patterns, and symbols that rise out of the collective unconscious and appear in dreams, mythology, and fairy tales.

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Example sentences
Archetypes come and go but until all life comes to an end there will never be a
  void forever.
Once labeled, both movements quickly surrendered their visual archetypes to the
  cultural mainstream.
On the one hand, they have been archetypes of eccentricity.
DC characters because are such perfect mythic archetypes.
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