Definition of imagery in English:

imagery

noun

  • 1Visually descriptive or figurative language, especially in a literary work.

    ‘Tennyson uses imagery to create a lyrical emotion’
    • ‘It has been described as having a compelling narrative and vivid imagery, giving voice to alternative views.’
    • ‘He excels at devising patterns of language and imagery, elaborating them down to minute detail, and sustaining them all through a play or a trilogy.’
    • ‘But the notebooks are not simply a storehouse for banking imagery and language.’
    • ‘Refinement of the language and surprising imagery are ways to evoke the inexpressible.’
    • ‘To be fair, he employs biblical language and imagery at strategic points along the way.’
    • ‘In addition to vivid imagery, another shared stylistic trait is that of pastiche.’
    • ‘These were the people who reached deep into the well of Biblical language and imagery to express their visions of the present and the future.’
    • ‘For example, he uses a lot of imagery and describes the scenery in great detail.’
    • ‘Rather, he appropriates the imagery of literary modernism to describe it.’
    • ‘Golding frequently uses imagery to describe the scenery and the setting.’
    • ‘His resilient and defined imagery shows an unerring feeling for language.’
    • ‘Even during family moments, our language cheerfully embraces violent imagery.’
    • ‘Written and spoken English, English literature, were shaped by the language and imagery of the King James Bible.’
    • ‘Often, he mixes abstract and figurative imagery, and over the years the mixture has changed.’
    • ‘The language, imagery and sentiments they all use are often identical.’
    • ‘From this pool of imagery, Borges created his favourite form of literature, the fantastic.’
    • ‘These circumstances shape the way they see London, what they write about and the language and imagery they use.’
    • ‘Lee also does a marvelous job of tracking the essay's central themes and its recurring patterns of imagery.’
    • ‘Here then is nostalgia with a personal intensity within a poem that evokes language games and surreal imagery.’
    • ‘I admired the energy of the prose, the juxtapositions, the surreal imagery, the insights.’
    1. 1.1 Visual images collectively.
      ‘the impact of computer-generated imagery on contemporary art’
      • ‘Either in digital or in picture form, the imagery is hard to interpret.’
      • ‘While the imagery was similar, the format and the images' density were not.’
      • ‘It is a fact that the male brain is particularly responsive to and stimulated by visual imagery.’
      • ‘We react to visual imagery all of the time, whether we are conscious of it or not.’
      • ‘I respect her more for asking permission to use the imagery.’
      • ‘Inspiration was drawn from the symbols and imagery of the two countries.’
      • ‘On your website, there is a lot beautiful imagery from photographs to original artwork.’
      • ‘To manipulate the imagery he uses rotoscope mattes to protect part of an image in order to replace it with another.’
      • ‘Use visual and mental imagery of yourself achieving and surpassing your goals.’
      • ‘By the mid-sixteenth century the power of visual imagery to influence opinion and capture the imagination was already recognised.’
      image, figurative expression, metaphor, simile, trope, figure of speech
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    2. 1.2 Visual symbolism.
      ‘the film's religious imagery’
      • ‘An exercise in Renaissance perspective, the picture easily holds its own against the religious imagery surrounding it.’
      • ‘On the creative side, the use of flag imagery is identified in different designers' collections.’
      • ‘After the initial jolt from the imagery, his work holds up: he's a skillful painter.’
      • ‘She draws links to legal culture, common visual imagery, and Franciscan spiritual currents.’
      • ‘It is the source of his imagery - from the religious iconography to the caravans of trucks to the dancers that populate his paintings.’
      • ‘It makes for a rich kind of film, full of imagery, allegory and variety.’
      • ‘In elite society, aristocratic funerary sculpture quickly replaced religious imagery with heraldic and symbolic devices.’
      • ‘The purpose of a film's score is often to complement the visual imagery and emotional delineation at play.’
      • ‘As a feminist, mythographer, etc, does she find the visual imagery rather, well, Freudian?’
      • ‘He marries medium to subject with consummate skill, drawing on a lifetime's accumulation of thought and visual imagery.’
      • ‘The haunting music score sits beautifully with the film's imagery.’
      • ‘The text, engaging and abstract, emphasizes the dreamlike quality of the imagery.’
      • ‘Most imagery was religious; some of it was created to be didactic, some to exert spiritual power.’
      • ‘Performed on the climbing wall, the story is told using text, music, visual imagery and stunning choreography.’
      • ‘I could paint allegories, elegies and epic statements because the imagery was so strong and the colours of life were so rich.’
      • ‘What makes it so phenomenally stunning, then, is the film's visual imagery.’
      • ‘Stylistically there's the same obsession with mirrors, and the typical eye-candy imagery.’
      • ‘A seasoned director would have had a better handle on imagery, symbolism and pacing.’
      • ‘Nautical imagery in contemporary art is often used to evoke forced migrations and political exile.’
      • ‘The murals feature both secular and religious imagery and allude to issues such as slavery and notions of Utopia.’
      • ‘The film is rich in allegorical theme and symbolic imagery, transforming the most banal of materials into miraculous epiphanies.’

Origin

Middle English (in the senses ‘statuary, carved images collectively’): from Old French imagerie, from imager ‘make an image’, from image (see image).

Pronunciation

imagery

/ˈɪmɪdʒ(ə)ri//ˈimij(ə)rē/