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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.
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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
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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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References in classic literature ?
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.
But for Straussians, an essential part of the question of how we live together is how to make sense of the social significance of the philosopher and his antitypes. For many of them, following Strauss, who followed Plato and Socrates, that is the central question for political theory.
On the other hand, figural readings tend to connect historical types with their future antitypes, however defined, and so are more open ended.
That is, we "see" that God has placed in the world signs (types) which were intended to reveal divine things (antitypes).
Old Testament persons or events, viewed as 'types,' are interpreted as figures or images of New Testament persons or events, their 'antitypes,' which in turn figure or image some person or event in the kingdom of heaven." See Parker, "A lesson in reading," 105.
Not surprisingly, in addition to their many other symbolic interpretations of these scenes, medieval exegetes regarded these intertwined narratives as positive types and perverse antitypes of the sacrament of the Eucharist.
The effect is the development of cultural 'antitypes'--as Jonathan Hall (2002:179) labeled the opposition of Hellenes and barbarians in an essay on ethnicity in classical antiquity.
And despite the antitypes noted above, I am proposing that what survives, what stands in A Song of Ice and Fire as the last lone bugle-call of victory, is honor.
zawj) and their opposites (in this case precisely not antagonists, but rather antitypes or reflections of the original type) in order categorically to identify Muhammad ibn cAbd Allah as one of their number.
Perhaps Auden recognized that his own early anxiety over the impermanence of his string of homosexual relationships resembled the suffering lover of whom Tristan and Don Giovanni were antitypes.
(5) According to the medieval practice of typological exegesis, certain events or "types" of the Old Testament (e.g., the Deluge) are linked not only chronologically but prophetically with the New Testament, in which they have their "antitypes" or fulfillment (e.g., the baptism of Christ).