Adjective "archetypal" definition and examples



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Very typical of a certain kind of person or thing.
  1. 'Palmer was an archetypal English visionary landscapist, and his paintings, drawings and etchings of moonlit wheatfields and flocks of sheep influenced later artists, among them Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud.'
  2. 'He's the archetypal Edinburgh financier; modest, quietly-spoken but self - confident in the knowledge that he has over many years become one of the most respected pillars of the capital's success.'
  3. 'Dotted with tiny fishing villages, it is the archetypal Caribbean paradise, with glistening white beaches that go on forever and emerald green waters where local fishermen haul in the most exotic array of fish.'
  4. 'Although built some quarter of a century after Handel had ceased his operatic activities in London, Drottningholm theatre retains most of the archetypal features of the London opera houses where Handel premiered his masterpieces.'
  5. 'In the popular mind the Gunpowder Plot, with its dramatic aim of blowing up the Houses of Parliament, has become the archetypal anti-state conspiracy and its main executor the personification of treachery.'
  6. 'Long before case research was a popular method of academic effort, he spent time studying how the then archetypal multi-divisional corporation, General Motors of the US worked.'
  7. 'Bunyan's archetypal characters are dramatically illustrated through fifty masterful watercolor portraits by Barry Moser.'
  8. 'He called a spade a spade and in many ways was an archetypal Yorkshireman - blunt and straight to the point.'
  9. 'With her grey hair pulled into a Quaker-style bun and her lack of personal vanity she seems the archetypal wise woman, but photographs of her in her prime depict a beauty.'
  10. 'Here was Dodgson's archetypal beggar child, as modelled by Alice Liddell, who was six years old.'
  11. 'archetypal myths'
  12. 'Stephen Crites calls these archetypal myths sacred stories.'
  13. 'Viewed by the satirists Persius and Juvenal as the archetypal master of the genre, Lucilius had put a stamp on verse satire which it has retained until the 20th century.'
  14. 'Luther was for them the archetypal Christian believer.'
  15. 'His narrative is built on an archetypal triangulated relationship between master, slave, and dog.'
  16. 'Of special interest to us here is the myth that the creativity deity Obatala molded the archetypal human image (ere eniyan) from divine clay.'
  17. 'In the latter example the Pygmalion myth is combined with that of the archetypal mother.'
  18. 'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway is in fact the archetypal hero myth, retold as a rock opera in modern day Los Angeles.'
Relating to or denoting Jungian archetypes.
  1. 'Cross takes a more Jungian view of Birtwistle's theatre and the mythological themes that underpin so much of his work, seeing the figure of Punch, for example, in terms of Jung's archetypal shadow.'
  2. 'Oh, also, I want to write a fun little article about the heavy presence of Jung's archetypal figure, the anima, in video games.'
Recurrent as a symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology.
  1. 'By emphasizing this resistance and the equivocal devices of Homer's archetypal wanderer, Walcott is delineating latent virtues in predecessors of his Creole protagonist.'
  2. 'But he's more impressive as an archetypal, monumental, and motionless symbol than as a character in an ongoing series.'
  3. 'The recurrent motifs are archetypal of the period.'
  4. 'Joseph Campbell, the well-known writer on mythology and comparative religion, identified twelve stages in the archetypal hero's journey.'
  5. 'The show revealed a tenacious veteran sculptor undaunted by the psychic challenge of an archetypal motif.'
  6. 'Rimzon points out that his motifs are basically archetypal forms.'
  7. 'My daughter tells me that she learned in 9th grade English that in an archetypal journey, the hero's mentor has to die or leave the picture in order for the hero to realize his potential.'
  8. 'The two armies, the Pandavas and Kauravas, are archetypal symbols.'
  9. 'Can you now identify stories that fit or violate archetypal story patterns?'
  10. 'To this end, Chatterjee's utilisation of Alice's mad tea party is most effective, although her analysis may have been enhanced by exploring more culturally specific archetypal symbolism.'


1. of or having the nature of an archetype, or original model or prototype: an archetypal evil stepmother.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be archetypal."

"images can be archetypal."

"spirits can be archetypal."

"patterns can be archetypal."

"members can be archetypal."

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