Definition of imagery in English:


Line breaks: im|agery
Pronunciation: /ˈɪmɪdʒ(ə)ri


  • 1 [mass noun] Visually 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 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.
  • 2Visual 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.


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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