imagery

[ im-ij-ree, im-i-juh-ree ]
/ ˈɪm ɪdʒ ri, ˈɪm ɪ dʒə ri /

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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Origin of imagery

1275–1325; Middle English imagerie<Old French. See image, -ery

OTHER WORDS FROM imagery

im·a·ge·ri·al [im-uh-jeer-ee-uhl], /ˌɪm əˈdʒɪər i əl/, adjectiveim·a·ge·ri·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for imagery

imagery
/ (ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ, -dʒərɪ) /

noun plural -ries

figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
images collectively
psychol
  1. the materials or general processes of the imagination
  2. 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for imagery

imagery
[ ĭmĭj-rē ]

n.

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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Cultural definitions for imagery

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.”

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