[ US /ˈɑɹkˈtaɪpəɫ/ ]
[ UK /ˌɑːkɪtˈa‍ɪpə‍l/ ]
  1. representing or constituting an original type after which other similar things are patterned
    she was the prototypal student activist
    archetypal patterns
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How To Use archetypal In A Sentence

  • An awesome book - what Robinson is particularly good at is figuring out how Chaplin pieced together out of accident, inspiration and music hall stunt, what turned into complex, archetypal early film narrative.
  • Typically the characters of a masque would be classical deities or abstract qualities such as a Virtue and Beauty, contrasted with rustic figures, and the story would represent an archetypal conflict proceeding to resolution.
  • With a mane of shaggy white hair and beard, he looked like the archetypal wild old man of the woods.
  • So is the "Modified Citro ë n DS" 1993, in which the archetypal French car has been split lengthways into three parts, with the middle removed and the remaining two joined to make an even more aerodynamic object than the original — from some vantage-points it resembles a gigantic dart. Orozco Proves That Size Isn't Everything
  • Once a person has attained archetypal status in the eyes of the world, it is very hard to break it.
  • Indeed, Moulsworth vows to transmute the faulty model provided by the Biblical Martha, the archetypal busy housewife: Moulsworth plans to "dight" (or make ready) her "Inward house" (l. 19) and thus prepare an appropriate habitation for Christ. My Name Was Martha: A Renaissance Woman's Autobiographical Poem
  • And Calvino's charming Marco Polo and Marcovaldo and Mr. Palomar are archetypal narrative functionaries, nowise to be compared with the great characters of narrative/dramatic literature.
  • Sketching the plot of the film calls to mind any number of archetypal/hackneyed tales of fraternal rivalry, flight from danger, coming of age, and so on.
  • -- We have lost memory of what I may call the archetypal languages of The Crest-Wave of Evolution A Course of Lectures in History, Given to the Graduates' Class in the Raja-Yoga College, Point Loma, in the College-Year 1918-19
  • The New York Times claims it comes from the Middle High German word for a weak beer, which seems to make some of sense for a thin soup, but the Oxford Companion to Food counters that it's a variation of the German "schinke", or ham, denoting a shin specifically: "so the archetypal skink is a soup made from shin of beef". How to cook perfect cullen skink
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