archetypal archetypal  /ˈɑrk ˈtaɪ pəl/


  • (adj) representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned


  1. Heading for Hollywood to hone his skills, he found himself filling the archetypal role of the understudy who becomes a star.
  2. He is the archetypal anticolonial revolutionary.
  3. The old man with the monkey face and the black, insatiable eyes squats at the center of this reputation, proclaimed and hidden by its coils: the archetypal Minotaur in his maze.


  • A growing art: Seed packet illustrations

    By Adrian Higgins Nine years ago, Ken Greene was the children’s librarian in an archetypal small town in the Hudson Valley. He still lives in the vicinity of ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: The Mckeesport Daily News


  1. "It's a very daunting prospect when you're asked to play one of the most iconic film villainesses in history," Robertson said. "As opposed to playing Azkadellia archetypal and loud, I played her internal and psychological. She's narcissistic....
    on Nov 25, 2007 By: Kathleen Robertson Source: Forbes

  2. "It is indeed very difficult for women in this country to excel because of many archetypal conservative attitudes and other societal obstacles," said Nehwal, who became the first Indian woman to reach the Olympic quarterfinals in Beijing in...
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Saina Nehwal Source: Times of India

  3. Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told AFP that Wednesday had seen "some serious, serious security breaches," and that while he could not say who was behind the attacks, their timings were "archetypal of Al-Qaeda."
    on Aug 19, 2009 By: Hoshyar Zebari Source: AFP

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