archetype archetype  /ˈɑr kɪ ˌtaɪp/


  • (n) something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies


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  1. Sun Tsu is the archetype of all authors who have written about the Art of War.
  2. Gandhi, an archetype of a leader who preached and practiced peace, was never awarded the Nobel prize for peace.


  1. Vote: How did the recession change your behavior? | Jon Talton

    People who grew up during the Great Depression were forever scarred by the experience and it affected their financial behavior, or so they say. Members of my family who experienced that calamity were horrible with money, the antithesis of the risk-averse, hyper-saving Depression archetype. On the ot
    on June 14, 2013     Source: Seattle Times

  2. Shots, Licks, and Male Ennui

    Jonathan Singer-Vine's debut film is an honest coming-of-age. by Rachel Swan Jonathan Singer-Vine is both a product of Berkeley and an archetype of Berkeley. He's the son of a scientist and a psychologist, the younger brother of a former Express intern who went on to write for the Wall Street Journal, and the identical twin of a high school-dropout-turned-pop-radio artist.… [ Read more ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: East Bay Express


  1. "Writing the character of Jim Shannon, we've thought of Jason O'Mara as something of an archetype," executive producer Brannon Braga told the trade paper. "He has an everyman quality to him, but there's something dangerous underneath."
    on Jun 19, 2010 By: Brannon Braga Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer

  2. "I still get along with all the women I was in love with," Nicholson says. "At some point, I've asked every woman I ever lived with to marry me. But they knew me too well. I'm the archetype of the man who is a problem. Men look at stuff like...
    on Dec 10, 2007 By: Jack Nicholson Source: Parade Magazine

  3. Dylan wrote about Mike Seeger in his 2004 autobiography, Chronicles: "As for being a folk musician, he was the supreme archetype. He could push a stake through Dracula's black heart. He was the romantic, egalitarian and revolutionary type all at...
    on Aug 10, 2009 By: Bob Dylan Source: Village Voice

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