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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.
15) Morrison as linguistic saboteur, in taking on the bible, employs the interpretive practice of Christian typology in which scripture in the Old Testament is perceived as laden with types or portents of Christ, which are then revealed in the New Testament in the form of antitypes.
In typological history, events and personages in the Old Testament prefigure corresponding events and personages in the New: shadowy types under Moses's covenant are fulfilled in and superseded by gracious antitypes under Christ's ministry.
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.
Even the Hawaiians had their Menehune antitypes as well as the celestial islands of Kahiki whence came transformative institutions and cults, including the priesthood, the ruling chiefs, and human sacrifice.
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.
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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.
The Old Testament is only umbra (shadow), figura, and signum; its sole theological relevance is in New Testament antitypes.
Basic to Courtmanche's purpose, one pursued from his thesis that Hawthorne repeatedly strove to dramatize in varying forms the fall of Adam and Eve and the force of evil represented in Satan, is his tracing of Hawthorne's attempts to treat antitypes of these biblical figures in his tales and romances.
Given the two dialectics at the two levels, there are four distinctive antitypes or patterns of breakdown in the sociocultural context of any community.