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meanings of archetype


  1. An original model of which all other similar concepts, objects, or persons are merely copied, derivative, emulated, or patterned; a prototype.
  2. A protograph (“original manuscript of a text from which all further copies derive").
  3. A character, object, or story that is based on a known character, object, or story.
  4. According to Swiss psychologist Carl Jung: a universal pattern of thought, present in an individual's unconscious, inherited from the past collective experience of humanity.
  5. An ideal example of something; a quintessence.


  1. To depict as, model using, or otherwise associate an object or subject with an archetype.

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