Picture this: imagery is a noun to describe the way things or ideas seem in your mind or in art or literature.

Imagery comes from image and originally referred to physical things like statues. Now it is more often used of an artist's or writer's depictions ("Shakespeare's imagery shows a wide knowledge of the world") or of the pictures of the world in someone's mind. Think of imagery as being the stockpile of your imagination. If the imagery in your dreams is a little scary, it might be time to stop eating those spicy meatball sandwiches right before bedtime.

Definitions of imagery

n the ability to form mental images of things or events

imagination, imaging, mental imagery
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mind's eye
the imaging of remembered or invented scenes
a vivid mental image
envisioning, picturing
visual imagery
dream, dreaming
a series of mental images and emotions occurring during sleep
chimaera, chimera
a grotesque product of the imagination
imaginative re-creation
make-believe, pretence, pretense
imaginative intellectual play
a terrifying or deeply upsetting dream
a prophetic vision (as in a dream)
a vision of events in the distant past
Type of:
representational process
any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else

n the use of vivid, descriptive language in literature, especially language that appeals to the senses

Type of:
something in an artistic work designed to achieve a particular effect

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