image rial

imagery

[im-ij-ree, im-i-juh-ree]
noun, plural imageries.
1.
the formation of mental images, figures, or likenesses of things, or of such images collectively: the dim imagery of a dream.
2.
pictorial images, as in works of art.
3.
the use of rhetorical images.
4.
figurative description or illustration; rhetorical images collectively.
5.
Psychology. mental images collectively, especially those produced by the action of imagination.

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

imagerial [im-uh-jeer-ee-uhl] , adjective
imagerially, adverb
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imagery (ˈɪmɪdʒrɪ, -dʒərɪ)
 
n , pl -ries
1.  figurative or descriptive language in a literary work
2.  images collectively
3.  psychol
 a.  the materials or general processes of the imagination
 b.  image See also imagination the characteristic kind of mental images formed by a particular individual
4.  military the presentation of objects reproduced photographically (by infrared or electronic means) as prints or electronic displays

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Word Origin & History

imagery
early 14c., from O.Fr. imagerie (13c.), from imagier, from image (see image).
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Medical Dictionary

imagery im·age·ry (ĭm'ĭj-rē)
n.

  1. A set of mental pictures or images.

  2. 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 Dictionary

imagery definition


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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Bible Dictionary

Imagery definition


only in the phrase "chambers of his imagery" (Ezek. 8:12). (See CHAMBER.)

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