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.
Origin of imagery
1275–1325; Middle English imagerieRelated formsim·a·ge·ri·al [im-uh-jeer-ee-uh l] /ˌɪm əˈdʒɪər i əl/, adjectiveim·a·ge·ri·al·ly, adverb
< Old French.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.”
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