Word of the Week for the week of January 22, 2017

Double imagery

[Du-bul IMijri]

Meaning & Usage

noun a physical likeness or representation of a person, animal, or thing, photographed, painted, sculptured, or otherwise made visible.

Many artists use double imagery to convey different meanings in their work, depending on where you focus your attention. It’s tricky, because our eyes can only see one thing at a time!


1175-1225; (noun) Middle English < Old French image, imagene (-ene apparently construed as suffix) < Latin imāgin-, stem of imāgō a copy, likeness, equivalent to im- (cf. imitate ) + -āgō noun suffix; (verb) Middle English: to form a mental picture < Old French imagier, derivative of image.

Double imagery may also be referred to as an optical illusion, images that typically can be seen in more than one way.

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