- 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 imagery
In the decade following World War I, Hopper settled on a vein of imagery that has been his special glory ever since.The Stacks: Edward Hopper’s X-Ray Vision
October 25, 2014
And this is also Planet Fashion, where shock reigns supreme and where taboos are challenged in imagery.
While the ad is not paid for or connected to the McDaniel campaign, the imagery does serve as a subtle signal to certain voters.Confederate Dog Whistle In Pro-McDaniel Ad
June 17, 2014
Man vs. Nature is the predominant theme of the film, and I always tried to go back to that imagery.
“The imagery has been progressively captured by satellites passing over various areas,” he said.Was MH370 Carrying Killer Cargo?
March 21, 2014
His style is often rough but expressive and rich in imagery.Hymns and Hymnwriters of Denmark
Jens Christian Aaberg
Answer all these questions by referring to your imagery alone.
In general it may be said that the power, or at least the use, of imagery decreases with age.
We may say that imagery is to thinking what scaffolding is to architecture.
Tactual imagery would, of course, serve the purpose as well.
- 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 imagery
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.”