- the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively: the dim imagery of a dream.
- pictorial images, as in works of art.
- the use of rhetorical images.
- figurative description or illustration; rhetorical images collectively.
- Psychology. mental images collectively, especially those produced by the action of imagination.
Origin of imagery
Examples from the Web for imageries
There are some scores of ruba'iyat that may be said to have contributed their imageries to the quatrain.The Sufistic Quatrains of Omar Khayyam
- figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
- images collectively
- military the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays
Word Origin and History for imageries
mid-14c., "piece of sculpture, carved figures," from Old French imagerie (13c.), from imagier "painter," from image (see image (n.)). Meaning "ornate description" (in poetry, etc.) is from 1580s.
- A set of mental pictures or images.
- A technique in behavior therapy in which the patient is conditioned to use pleasant fantasies to counteract the unpleasant feelings associated with anxiety.
The mental pictures created by a piece of writing: “The imagery of “The Waste Land” — crumbling towers, dried-up wells, toppled tombstones — conveys the author's sense of a civilization in decay.”