imagism

noun, often capitalized
im·​ag·​ism | \ˈi-mi-ˌji-zəm \

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 \ noun or adjective often capitalized
imagistic \ ˌi-​mi-​ˈji-​stik \ adjective
imagistically \ ˌi-​mi-​ˈji-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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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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Dictionary Entries near imagism

imaginer

imagine that

imaginings

imagism

imago

imam

imamate

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The first known use of imagism was in 1912

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