imagism

noun

im·​ag·​ism ˈi-mi-ˌji-zəm How to pronounce imagism (audio)
often capitalized
: a 20th century movement in poetry advocating free verse and the expression of ideas and emotions through clear precise images
imagist noun or adjective often capitalized
imagistic adjective
imagistically adverb

Example Sentences

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, 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, 24 Apr. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'imagism.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Word History

Etymology

image entry 1 + -ism

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of imagism was in 1912

Dictionary Entries Near imagism

Cite this Entry

“Imagism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/imagism. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
Spell It

Hear a word and type it out. How many can you get right?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY