Definition of imagery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈimij(ə)rē/


1Visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work: Tennyson uses imagery to create a lyrical emotion
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  • Here then is nostalgia with a personal intensity within a poem that evokes language games and surreal imagery.
  • Golding frequently uses imagery to describe the scenery and the setting.
  • But the notebooks are not simply a storehouse for banking imagery and language.
1.1Visual images collectively: the impact of computer-generated imagery on contemporary art
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  • Either in digital or in picture form, the imagery is hard to interpret.
  • While the imagery was similar, the format and the images' density were not.
  • To manipulate the imagery he uses rotoscope mattes to protect part of an image in order to replace it with another.
1.2Visual symbolism: the film’s religious imagery
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  • In elite society, aristocratic funerary sculpture quickly replaced religious imagery with heraldic and symbolic devices.
  • What makes it so phenomenally stunning, then, is the film's visual imagery.
  • The film is rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies.


Middle English (in the senses 'statuary, carved images collectively'): from Old French imagerie, from imager 'make an image', from image (see image).

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Syllabification: im·age·ry

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