Archetype
Archetype Ar"che*type ([aum]r"k[-e]*t[imac]p), n. [L. archetypum, Gr. 'arche`typon, fr. 'arche`typos stamped first and as model; 'arche = 'archi + ty`pos stamp, figure, pattern, ty`ptein to strike: cf. F. arch['e]type. See {Arch-}, pref.] 1. The original pattern or model of a work; or the model from which a thing is made or formed. [1913 Webster]

The House of Commons, the archetype of all the representative assemblies which now meet. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

Types and shadows of that glorious archetype that was to come into the world. --South. [1913 Webster]

2. (Coinage) The standard weight or coin by which others are adjusted. [1913 Webster]

3. (Biol.) The plan or fundamental structure on which a natural group of animals or plants or their systems of organs are assumed to have been constructed; as, the vertebrate archetype. [1913 Webster]


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  • ARCHÉTYPE — On appelle archétype un modèle idéal, un type suprême ou un prototype: dans ce sens, les Idées chez Platon sont le modèle en même temps que le fondement des choses. Bien d’autres philosophes (Malebranche, Berkeley, mais aussi Locke et Condillac)… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • archetype — Archetype. s. m. Original, modele, patron. La beauté de Dieu est l archetype de toutes les beautez créées. Il est quelquefois adjectif, & on dit, Le monde archetype, pour dire, Le modele du monde visible …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • archétype — ARCHÉTYPE. s. m. Terme didactique. (Il se prononce Arkétype.) Original, patron, modèle, sur lequel on fait un ouvrage. Il n est guère d usage qu en cette phrase, L Archétype du monde, qui est, selon le langage des Philosophes, l idée de Dieu sur… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • archetype — index example, exemplar, model, paradigm, pattern, precedent, prototype, sample, standard …   Law dictionary

  • archetype — (n.) original pattern from which copies are made, 1540s, from L. archetypum, from Gk. arkhetypon pattern, model, figure on a seal, neuter of adjective arkhetypos first moulded, from arkhe first (see ARCHON (Cf. archon)) + typos model, type, blow …   Etymology dictionary

  • archetype — [n] typical example classic exemplar, form, ideal, model, original, paradigm, pattern, perfect specimen, prime example, prototype, standard; concepts 636,686 Ant. atypical …   New thesaurus

  • 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

  • archetype — [är′kə tīp΄] n. [L archetypus < Gr archetypon < archos (see ARCH ) + typos (see TYPE)] 1. the original pattern, or model, from which all other things of the same kind are made; prototype 2. a perfect example of a type or group 3. in Jungian …   English World dictionary

  • Archetype — An archetype (pronounced: /IPA|ˈɑːkɪtaɪp/ (Brit.) or /IPA|ˈɑrkɪtaɪp/ (Amer.)) is an original model of a person, object, or concept from which similar instances are derived, copied, patterned, or emulated. In psychology, an archetype is a model of …   Wikipedia

  • Archetype — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Archétype. Archetype Album par Fear Factory Sortie 2004 Enregistrement Octobre Novembre 2003 Durée …   Wikipédia en Français

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