[ im-ij-ree, im-i-juh-ree ]
/ ˈɪm ɪdʒ ri, ˈɪm ɪ dʒə ri /
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noun, plural im·age·ries.
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.
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OTHER WORDS FROM imageryim·a·ge·ri·al [im-uh-jeer-ee-uhl], /ˌɪm əˈdʒɪər i əl/, adjectiveim·a·ge·ri·al·ly, adverb
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How to use imagery in a sentence
The poet was in Arcadia, Phillis was a shepherdess, and the conventional imageries of the pastoral valley were the environment.Elizabethan Sonnet Cycles|Thomas Lodge and Giles Fletcher
It was a fitting end to a life of crime and drug-brought imageries.Whispering Wires|Henry Leverage
He revels indeed in "orgiac imageries," and revelry implies excess.Selected Poems of Francis Thompson|Francis Thompson
On this theme she chanted long and lovingly and a hundred coloured, senescent imageries leaped from the song.Nights in London|Thomas Burke
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|Omar Khayyam
British Dictionary definitions for imagery
/ (ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ, -dʒərɪ) /
noun plural -ries
figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
- the materials or general processes of the imagination
- the characteristic kind of mental images formed by a particular individualSee also image (def. 7), imagination (def. 1)
military the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays
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Cultural definitions for imagery
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.”
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.