imagery


imagery
noun
ADJECTIVE
evocative, graphic, powerful, stark, violent, vivid

the vivid visual imagery of dreams

negative

the negative imagery of gays and lesbians on TV

positive
popular

The novels draw on popular imagery from newspapers.

traditional

the traditional Christian imagery of crucifixion

visual
mental

Illustrations may come between the text and the reader's own mental imagery.

dream

his continuing quest to explore dream imagery

biblical, erotic, poetic, religious, sexual
abstract, surreal, symbolic
natural, representational
photographic, radar, satellite, video
high-resolution
computer-generated, digital
3-D, three-dimensional
aerial, overhead (esp. AmE)

The Pentagon is searching for overhead imagery from satellites or spy planes.

VERB + IMAGERY
draw on, employ, use
create, produce, provide

The equipment provides intelligence imagery for tactical commanders.

evoke

He evokes complex imagery with a single well-placed word.


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  • imagery — (n.) mid 14c., piece of sculpture, carved figures, from O.Fr. imagerie (13c.), from imagier painter, from image (see IMAGE (Cf. image) (n.)). Meaning ornate description (in poetry, etc.) is from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • imagery — ► NOUN 1) figurative language, especially in a literary work. 2) visual symbolism. 3) visual images collectively …   English terms dictionary

  • imagery — [im′ij rē, im′ijər ē] n. pl. imageries [ME imagerie < OFr] 1. Now Rare images generally; esp., statues 2. mental images, as produced by memory or imagination 3. descriptions and figures of speech …   English World dictionary

  • Imagery — Vagina = Imagery is used in literature to refer to descriptive language that evokes sensory experience. Other uses The term imagery is also used in psycholdickogy and everyday discourse to refer to mental images, i.e., the making (or re creation) …   Wikipedia

  • imagery —    Also known as visual imagery. The term imagery comes from the Latin verb imaginari,which means to copy, to imitate, to picture. It tends to be used in a rather loose sense to denote a recollection or fantasy presenting itself as a picture in… …   Dictionary of Hallucinations

  • Imagery — Both a mental process (as in imagining) and a wide variety of procedures used in therapy to encourage changes in attitudes, behavior, or physiological reactions. As a mental process, it is often defined as any thought representing a sensory… …   Medical dictionary

  • imagery — [[t]ɪ̱mɪʤri[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT You can refer to the descriptions in something such as a poem or song, and the pictures they create in your mind, as its imagery. [FORMAL] ...the nature imagery of the ballad. 2) N UNCOUNT You can refer to pictures… …   English dictionary

  • imagery — n. the production of vivid mental representations by the normal processes of thought. Hypnagogic imagery occurs just before falling asleep, and the images are often very distinct. Hypnopompic imagery occurs in the state between sleep and full… …   The new mediacal dictionary


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