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

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, 24 Apr. 2018

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Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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