Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that is foreshadowed by or identified with an earlier symbol or type, such as a figure in the New Testament who has a counterpart in the Old Testament.
  • n. An opposite or contrasting type.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something that is symbolized or represented by a type.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. That of which the type is the pattern or representation; that which is represented by the type or symbol.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. That which is prefigured or represented by a type, and therefore is correlative with it; particularly, in theology, that which in the gospel is foreshadowed by and answers to some person, character, action, institution, or event in the Old Testament.
  • n. In biology, same as antitrope.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an opposite or contrasting type
  • n. a person or thing represented or foreshadowed by a type or symbol; especially a figure in the Old Testament having a counterpart in the New Testament

Etymologies

Medieval Latin antitypus, from Late Greek antitupos, copy, antitype, from Greek, corresponding, representing : anti-, equal to, like; see anti- + tupos, print, impression.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἀντίτυπος (antitupos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The Old Testament figure was called the type and the figure in the New Testament which paralleled it was called the antitype.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • As in the first verse the earthly sanctuary was measured, so here its heavenly antitype is laid open, and the antitype above to the ark of the covenant in the

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • The Baptist is Elias, as our Saviour was David; that is, the antitype, Jeremiah 30: 9; Malachi 4: 5; Hosea 3: 5, &c.

    From the Talmud and Hebraica

  • Noah's ark by water; and in like manner the antitype, which is the ordinance of consecration

    Once a Methodist; Now a Baptist. Why?

  • The traditional depiction of Lilith from ancient Mesopotamia through medieval Kabbalah presents an antitype of desired human sexuality and family life.

    Lilith.

  • Could the relationship of Lee and Starbuck be an antitype of Baltar and Six in the first season?

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  • It also consists in Edwards 'extension of typology, the practice of interpreting things, persons, or events (the “type”) as symbols or prefigurations of future realities (the “antitype”).

    Jonathan Edwards

  • Protestant divines had tended to restrict typology to figures, actions, and objects in the Old Testament which in their view shadowed forth Christ as their antitype.

    Jonathan Edwards

  • Pursue that thought, and we might have got an interesting work; instead Wills gives the reader 16 profiles, each one meant to exemplify a particular type of leadership, and each contrasted with an "antitype."

    Take Me To Your Leader

  • They are discreet, reticent, observant, and on many subjects well informed, but they are of a type which has no antitype at home.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains

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