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1. An original model or type after which other similar things are patterned; a prototype: "'Frankenstein' ... 'Dracula' ... 'Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde' ... the archetypes that have influenced all subsequent horror stories" (New York Times).
2. An ideal example of a type; quintessence: an archetype of the successful entrepreneur.
3. In Jungian psychology, an inherited pattern of thought or symbolic imagery derived from past collective experience and present in the individual unconscious.

[Latin archetypum, from Greek arkhetupon, from neuter of arkhetupos, original : arkhe-, arkhi-, archi- + tupos, model, stamp.]

ar′che·typ′al (-tī′pəl), ar′che·typ′ic (-tĭp′ĭk), ar′che·typ′i·cal adj.
ar′che·typ′i·cal·ly adv.
Usage Note: The ch in archetype, and in many other English words of Greek origin such as architect and chorus, represents a transliteration of Greek X (chi), and its standard pronunciation is (k). The pronunciation of ch in these words as (ch) is generally considered incorrect. Notable exceptions in which the ch is in fact pronounced (ch) include words formed by adding the prefix arch- to an existing English word, as in archenemy or archrival, and also words such as archbishop and archdeacon that date back to Old English, having been borrowed directly from Late Latin and Late Greek.
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Adj.1.archetypical - representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned; "archetypal patterns"; "she was the prototypal student activist"
first - preceding all others in time or space or degree; "the first house on the right"; "the first day of spring"; "his first political race"; "her first baby"; "the first time"; "the first meetings of the new party"; "the first phase of his training"




[ˌɑːrkɪˈtɪpɪkəl] adjarchétype
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Eve O'Kelly writes about the use of that archetypically "early" instrument, the recorder, in modern music; John Solum and Anne Smith, about the early manifestations of a (still) modern instrument, the flute.
Take, for example, an archetypically villainous industrialist, bloated and venal, who contemplates a new profitable venture for his factory.
Despite Mikva's spirited dissent, Edwards and Wald held that by characterizing Moldea's book as containing "too much sloppy journalism," the Times review "attacks Moldea's competence as a practitioner of his chosen profession, a matter archetypically addressed by the law of defamation." (See "The Press and the Law," May.
the archetypically paternal consists of experiences that separate the individual from the undifferentiated and unconscious state of subjectivity.
Stefan Zweig's lapidary and marvelously crafted story "Mendel the Bibliophile" is an archetypically elegiac exercise in nostalgia for a passing epoch.
Where Henry David Thoreau could be compared to the Anansi Trickster myth, in the sense that after succeeding in their respective challenges through the use of Trickster "amoral actions," both the Outcast and the spider god Anansi, are generally regarded in a positive light, and are considered archetypically "good" or "moral" characters, with great contributions to society to their credit.
Towards dawn it grew tired, yawning until its iron teeth and jaws creaked, dribbling red tongues of blood from its gateway.] The windows of this archetypically Soviet building are glaring orbs, its gates grind like teeth, and its hungry jaws devour and spit out hapless prisoners for interrogation and execution.
The foreground of the stage is taken up with the annual harvest feast, one of the major ceremonies archetypically celebrating the seasonal cycle of the year.
Her paintings are evidence of how we might resist absorbing the personas projected onto dark bodies as archetypically woman, black, Western and "Third World." However perverse their methods, her characters seemed to have freed themselves from the bear traps of Hottentot and Mammy, Sapphire and Video Ho, although the penultimate price of freedom may have been to lose portions of their selves.
The inter-scalar interfaces are archetypically complex in the sense we referred to earlier--it is not only impossible to completely model them in a formal manner, it is also impossible to model transit through them.
(42) These archetypically humble forms drawn from the popular lexicon clearly aim at rendering the tone even harsher.
The prototype of figures walking might have been Giacometti's City Square of 1948, in which four of his archetypically attenuated male figures are shown walking in various directions in a space otherwise empty, save for a single standing woman.