image, n. 1. likeness, representation, resemblance, simulacrum; effigy, figure, figurine, straw man, scarecrow, doll; idol, icon, fetish, joss, graven image, false god; photograph, Inf. photo, picture, snapshot, Inf. snap; portrait, portrayal, painting; sculpture, bust, statue, statuette, bronze, clay model.
2. idea, concept, conception, notion, fancy, thought, impression, perception, apprehension, opinion; picture, vision, mental picture or impression, Psychol, re-cept, Psychoanal. imago.
3. appearance, semblance, guise, aspect; form, shape, frame, cast, mold, build, cut, stamp, turn.
4. counterpart, parallel, coordinate, correspondent, complement, pendant, mate, fellow; double, Doppel-gSnger, alter ego, other self; match, twin, living or very image, chip off the old block, Inf. spit and image or spitting image; copy, duplicate, reproduction, replica, facsimile, ectype; clone.
5. symbol, emblem, token; insignia, device, badge, banner; mark, earmark, hallmark.
6. type, archetype, representative, example, specimen; embodiment, incarnation, materialization.
imagery, n. 1. visualization, envisioning, imagination, imagining, picturing, calling to the mind's eye, objectification.
2. figurative language, figurativeness, nonliteralness, word painting; metaphors, similes, allusions, figures of speech, word pictures or paintings.
imaginable, adj. conceivable, thinkable, suppos-able; believable, credible; possible, within the bounds of possibility, Latin, in posse; within reach; probable, likely, in or on the cards.
imaginary, adj. fictitious, unreal, fancied, fanciful, fantastic; illusory, dreamy, visionary, shadowy, chimerical; mythical, legendary, mythological; figmental, fictive, notional, abstract; quixotic, utopian, romantic, idealistic; extravagant, wild, high-flown, preposterous; cloud-built, air-drawn, unsubstantial; phantasmal, phantasmic, spectral, ghostly; phantasmagorial, phantasmagoric, nightmarish, Kafkaesque.
imagination, n. 1. imaginative faculty, imaging power, creative power; imaginativeness; fancy, mind's eye, castle-building, dreaming, reverie, daydream; originality, creativity, resourcefulness, inventiveness.
2. mental image, concept, conception, conceptualization, idea, notion; perception, thought, impression, reflection; fancy, conceit, vagary, whim; myth, figment, legend; romance, vision, dream, illusion; shadow, chimera, phantom, delusion, bugbear; man in the moon, castle in Spain, castle in the air, Atlantis, Utopia, fairyland.
imaginative, adj. 1. creative, inventive, original; fertile, productive, constructive, ingenious, clever, resourceful, innovative; intellectual, ideal, romantic, poetic; quixotic, visionary, dreamy.
2. fanciful, whimsical, notional, imaginary; legendary, mythical, mythological; fictitious, unreal, fabulous, fantastical, figmental; shadowy, chimerical.
imagine, v. 1. envision, image, picture, Inf. feature; dream, dream up, Inf. see things; conjure up, conceive, idealize, visualize, envisage, indulge in reverie, rhapsodize.
2. think, believe, fancy, opine, apprehend; assume, presume, suppose, U.S. Dial, reckon; conclude, judge, infer, deduce; hypothesize, theorize, guess, conjecture.
imbecile, n. 1. retardate, incompetent, mental defective; half-wit, simpleton, moron, dullard, Inf. mental midget, SI. dingbat.