imagery


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im·age·ry

 (ĭm′ĭj-rē)
n. pl. im·age·ries
1. A set of mental pictures or images.
2.
a. The use of vivid or figurative language to represent objects, actions, or ideas.
b. The use of expressive or evocative images in art, literature, or music.
c. A group or body of related images, as in a painting or poem.
3.
a. Representative images, particularly statues or icons.
b. The art of making such images.
4. Psychology A technique in behavior therapy in which the patient uses pleasant fantasies to relax and counteract anxiety.

imagery

(ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ; -dʒərɪ)
n, pl -ries
1. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
2. images collectively
3. (Psychology) psychol
a. the materials or general processes of the imagination
b. the characteristic kind of mental images formed by a particular individual. See also image7, imagination1
4. (Military) military the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays

im•age•ry

(ˈɪm ɪdʒ ri, -ɪ dʒə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
1. mental images collectively.
2. pictorial images.
3. figurative description or illustration; rhetorical images collectively.

imagery

Collectively, the representations of objects reproduced electronically or by optical means on film, electronic display devices, or other media.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.imagery - the ability to form mental images of things or eventsimagery - the ability to form mental images of things or events; "he could still hear her in his imagination"
representational process - any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
mind's eye - the imaging of remembered or invented scenes; "I could see her clearly in my mind's eye"
vision - a vivid mental image; "he had a vision of his own death"
envisioning, picturing - visual imagery
dream, dreaming - a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep; "I had a dream about you last night"
chimaera, chimera - a grotesque product of the imagination
evocation - imaginative re-creation
make-believe, pretense, pretence - imaginative intellectual play
Translations

imagery

[ˈɪmɪdʒərɪ] Nimágenes fpl, imaginería f

imagery

[ˈɪmɪdʒəri] nimagerie f

imagery

nMetaphorik f; visual imageryBildersymbolik f

imagery

[ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ] n (Art, Literature) → immagini fpl (Psych) → immaginario

imagery

n imágenes fpl, visualización f; guided — visualización guiada
References in classic literature ?
The imagery of the Indian, both in his poetry and in his oratory, is oriental; chastened, and perhaps improved, by the limited range of his practical knowledge.
Its mystic imagery are so many talismans and gems inscribed with unknown hieroglyphics; she folds them in her bosom, and expects to read them when she passes beyond the veil.
The idea of Edward's being a clergyman, and living in a small parsonage-house, diverted him beyond measure;--and when to that was added the fanciful imagery of Edward reading prayers in a white surplice, and publishing the banns of marriage between John Smith and Mary Brown, he could conceive nothing more ridiculous.
I made him touch the mirrors and the iron tree and the branches and explained to him, by optical laws, all the luminous imagery by which we were surrounded and of which we need not allow ourselves to be the victims, like ordinary, ignorant people.
What remains of his verse mostly takes the form of quatrains, yet for originality of thought, wealth of imagery and style, they have seldom been excelled.
He writes too ornately, too laconically, with too great a wealth of imagery and imagination.
Her youthful friends stood apart, shuddering at the mourners, the shrouded bridegroom, and herself; the whole scene expressed, by the strongest imagery, the vain struggle of the gilded vanities of this world, when opposed to age, infirmity, sorrow, and death.
He is the man who watches the growth of the cable - a sailor's phrase which has all the force, precision, and imagery of technical language that, created by simple men with keen eyes for the real aspect of the things they see in their trade, achieves the just expression seizing upon the essential, which is the ambition of the artist in words.
Benjamin had evidently been anticipating the seizure of his money, for he had made frequent demands on the favorite cask at the “Bold Dragoon,” during the afternoon and evening, and was now in that state which by marine imagery is called “half-seas-over.
As to what such sacrifice was now to be made to, here Newman stopped short before a blank wall over which there sometimes played a shadowy imagery.
Occasionally a breath of Nature, a raindrop of pathos and tenderness, or a gleam of humor, will find its way into the midst of his fantastic imagery, and make us feel as if, after all, we were yet within the limits of our native earth.
And this this gorgeous, yet simple imagery, where all is alive and panting with immortality-this, William Wordsworth, the author of 'Peter Bell,' has selected for his contempt.