archetypal

archetypal
[[t]ɑ͟ː(r)kɪta͟ɪp(ə)l[/t]]
ADJ-GRADED: usu ADJ n
Someone or something that is archetypal has all the most important characteristics of a particular kind of person or thing and is a perfect example of it. [FORMAL]

Cricket is the archetypal English game, and probably the most arcane recreation yet invented.


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  • Archetypal — Ar che*ty pal, a. Of or pertaining to an archetype; consisting a model (real or ideal) or pattern; original. One archetypal mind. Gudworth. [1913 Webster] Note: Among Platonists, the archetypal world is the world as it existed as an idea of God… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • archetypal — index primordial Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • archetypal — (adj.) 1640s, from L. archetypum (see ARCHETYPE (Cf. archetype)) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Jungian sense is from 1923 …   Etymology dictionary

  • archetypal — [adj] most typical average, classic, clichéd, conventional, exemplary, hackneyed, model, most characteristic, paradigmatic, prime, quintessential, representative, standard, stereotypical, stock, textbook, trite; concept 530 Ant. atypical, unique …   New thesaurus

  • archétypal — archétype [ arketip ] n. m. • architipe 1230; lat. archetypum, gr. arkhetupon ♦ Type primitif ou idéal; original qui sert de modèle. ⇒ 2. étalon, modèle, 1. original, principe, prototype. « L hôtel des Cormon est, dans son genre, un archétype des …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • archetypal — ar|che|typ|al [ ,arkə taıpl, arkə,taıpl ] adjective only before noun very typical of a particular type of person or thing: In his dark suit, he looked like the archetypal businessman …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • archetypal — UK [ˌɑː(r)kɪˈtaɪp(ə)l] / US [ˌɑrkəˈtaɪp(ə)l] / US [ˈɑrkəˌtaɪp(ə)l] adjective [only before noun] very typical of a particular type of person or thing In his dark suit, he looked like the archetypal businessman …   English dictionary

  • archetypal — archetype ► NOUN 1) a very typical example. 2) an original model. 3) a recurrent motif in literature or art. DERIVATIVES archetypal adjective archetypical adjective. ORIGIN Greek arkhetupon, from arkhe primitive + tupos a model …   English terms dictionary

  • archetypal — adjective representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned archetypal patterns she was the prototypal student activist • Syn: ↑archetypical, ↑prototypal, ↑prototypic, ↑prototypical • Similar to …   Useful english dictionary

  • Archetypal pedagogy — L archetypal pedagogy, ou la pédagogie archétypale, est une pédagogie basée sur la psychologie analytique développée par Carl Gustav Jung (1875 1961) et mise en théorie par de nombreux auteurs. Les pères fondateurs de cette théorie sont Clifford… …   Wikipédia en Français

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