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Archetype

[ARK-ə-taip]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Greek, mid-16th century

1.

A very typical example of a certain person or thing.

2.

(in Jungian psychology) a primitive mental image inherited from the earliest human ancestors, and supposed to be present in the collective unconscious.

Examples of Archetype in a sentence

"Her prized tulips appeared to be the perfect archetype of the species."

"He was studying how children's drawings could represent certain archetypes."

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About Archetype

In Greek, “arkhetupon” means “something moulded first as a model.” This definition transfers to the English word, archetype, as a standard example, or an imitation of the original. In literature, art, and mythology, an archetype is a recurrent symbol. If it’s immediately recognizable, it just might be an archetype.

Did you Know?

Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed that humans share a collective unconscious, represented by archetypes, or primitive mental images. Jungian archetypes include the wise old man, the child, the mother and the maiden.

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