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1. One that is foreshadowed by or identified with an earlier symbol or type, such as a figure in the New Testament who has a counterpart in the Old Testament.
2. An opposite or contrasting type.

[Medieval Latin antitypus, from Late Greek antitupos, copy, antitype, from Greek, corresponding, representing : anti-, equal to, like; see anti- + tupos, print, impression.]

an′ti·typ′i·cal (-tĭp′ĭ-kəl) adj.


1. (Bible) a person or thing that is foreshadowed or represented by a type or symbol, esp a character or event in the New Testament prefigured in the Old Testament
2. an opposite type
antitypic, ˌantiˈtypical adj
ˌantiˈtypically adv
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.antitype - a person or thing represented or foreshadowed by a type or symbol; especially a figure in the Old Testament having a counterpart in the New Testament
internal representation, mental representation, representation - a presentation to the mind in the form of an idea or image
2.antitype - an opposite or contrasting typeantitype - an opposite or contrasting type  
kind, sort, form, variety - a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality; "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"
type - a subdivision of a particular kind of thing; "what type of sculpture do you prefer?"
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A narrow alley ran past the building, ending abruptly at the bank of the Thames in a moldering wooden dock, beneath which the inky waters of the river rose and fell, lapping the decaying piles and surging far beneath the dock to the remote fastnesses inhabited by the great fierce dock rats and their fiercer human antitypes.
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12) For example, Adam as type is explained according to the ways in which he prefigures, predicts, and points to the fulfillment of Christian history in the antitype Christ.
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This is the grail castle's antitype, the Castle Perilous.
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The Eucharist was upheld as "the external sacrifice, antitype of the great mysteries" (Oration 2.
Rushdie portrays prophecy and prophets with myriad variations on present and past traditions of revelation--mantic speaking, the receipt of visions and revelation, the transcription of the divine word, inspiration or divine possession, inspired dreaming, invocations of type and antitype, eschatological pronouncements, and prediction--so that the reader can examine their relation to violence.
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If Noah retains the role of "righteous man" who receives the "wandering dove" in the Old Testament version, the poems conclusion in the corresponding present focuses on Noahs antitype, who is no less than the mother herself.
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There is no doubt that Paul made use of the Isaac narrative and that Jesus displaced Isaac, or, as Levenson noted, "The antitype has displaced the archetype.