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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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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Example sentences
He would say what he felt and would say it in imagery of his own fashioning.
The simplest of these is the failure to distinguish between imagery and thought.
Nor was it the kind of laughter that cheats by turning in the end to tears, or
  by needing reinforcement with imagery.
Infrared imagery in online maps lets homeowners see their energy efficiency.
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