imagism

noun, often capitalized
im·​ag·​ism | \ ˈi-mi-ˌji-zəm How to pronounce imagism (audio) \

Definition of imagism

: a 20th century movement in poetry advocating free verse and the expression of ideas and emotions through clear precise images

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Other Words from imagism

imagist \ ˈi-​mi-​jist How to pronounce imagist (audio) \ noun or adjective, often capitalized
imagistic \ ˌi-​mi-​ˈji-​stik How to pronounce imagistic (audio) \ adjective
imagistically \ ˌi-​mi-​ˈji-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce imagistically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of imagism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Slowing down the story is a way to capture some of the imagism that made the book so distinctive, to give the viewer time to appreciate the sights and sounds that mark the world of the restaurant as a seductive space. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Sweetbitter’ Is a Coming-of-Age Story, With Wine Pairings," 24 Apr. 2018 Slowing down the story is a way to capture some of the imagism that made the book so distinctive, to give the viewer time to appreciate the sights and sounds that mark the world of the restaurant as a seductive space. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "‘Sweetbitter’ Is a Coming-of-Age Story, With Wine Pairings," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of imagism

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for imagism

image entry 1 + -ism

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The first known use of imagism was in 1912

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“Imagism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagism. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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