im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \
plural imageries

Definition of imagery

1a : pictures produced by an imaging system
b : the product of image makers : images also : the art of making images
2 : figurative language
3 : mental images especially : the products of imagination

Examples of imagery in a Sentence

The book contains a great deal of sexual imagery. The movie was full of biblical imagery.
Recent Examples on the Web Visceral is a term commonly assigned to visual art that provokes us, often with brazen imagery (representational, figurative, or abstract), symbolism, and colors. Natasha Gural, Forbes, 19 May 2022 While researching vacations that felt, at a minimum, really special, we were finally swayed by imagery of couples outfitted in khaki wielding binoculars, a pride of lions in the foreground. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, 18 May 2022 The new Conflict Observatory will use satellite imagery, social media, and other methods to gather evidence of alleged war crimes, which could be used in future criminal proceedings. Paul Best, Fox News, 18 May 2022 Some gorgeous imagery in this one, particularly the concluding shot of Kim driving back down the long highway towards her dark destiny. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 17 May 2022 Fritz Lang's stunning Metropolis unfolds in a futuristic urban dystopia, one heavily influenced by Art Deco architecture and flooded with Biblical imagery, where the rich live carefree lives above ground while workers toil below. Randall Colburn,, 16 May 2022 Just their lyrics, the imagery, the Kung-Fu element to it, the dirty, grimy hip-hop beats. Liza Lentini, SPIN, 6 May 2022 Her take on complexity gives rise not to chaotic, jumbled imagery but to ordered, enigmatic, even calming works. Washington Post, 4 May 2022 The new sites have little to no moderation, meaning Nazi imagery, homophobic threats and misogynistic content can be easily found alongside conversations about U.S. politics and culture. David Klepper, ajc, 30 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of imagery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for imagery

Middle English ymagerie "images portrayed in sculpture, painting, etc.," borrowed from Anglo-French, from ymage, image image entry 1 + -erie -ery

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22 May 2022

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“Imagery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈi-mij-rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) , -mi-jə- \

Kids Definition of imagery

: pictures or photographs of something satellite imagery


im·​ag·​ery | \ ˈim-ij-(ə-)rē How to pronounce imagery (audio) \
plural imageries

Medical Definition of imagery

: mental images eidetic imagery especially : the products of imagination psychotic imagery

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