pho·to·ge·nic | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈje-nik , -ˈjē- \

Definition of photogenic 

1 : produced or precipitated by light photogenic dermatitis

2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent photogenic bacteria

3 : suitable for being photographed especially because of visual appeal a photogenic smile

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photogenically \ˌfō-tə-ˈje-ni-k(ə-)lē, -ˈjē- \ adverb

Examples of photogenic in a Sentence

She's a very photogenic child. This is the city's most photogenic park.

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But evidence suggests that its stubbornly photogenic reign may be nearing an end. Hayley Phelan, New York Times, "Place Your Bets on the New Millennial Pink," 3 July 2018 After all, the decidedly photogenic couple was a match made in beauty heaven. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Happy Wedding Anniversary, Elvis and Priscilla Presley! The Iconic Couple's Most Memorable Beauty Moments," 1 May 2018 The idea was the fireworks would go off behind the photogenic statue of a sailor kissing a nurse in celebration of the end of World War II. Phillip Molnar,, "These people got to the Big Bay Boom really early," 4 July 2018 The filmmakers soon focus on a photogenic young black woman (Rashad) who gives her name as Bikini. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Bikini Moon': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Some other photogenic options that would make for a pretty picture? Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Starbucks Releases Mango Dragonfruit Refresher," 19 June 2018 Unlike his father, who seldom was seen or heard in public, Kim likes to strut out on the town with his photogenic wife, Ri Sol Ju, whose presence seems calculated to make North Korea appear like a normal country. Barbara Demick,, "Kim Jong Un, the 'perfect dictator,' gets ready for the spotlight in Singapore," 10 June 2018 Speaking of phones, for those who are attached to theirs, the fair has added selfie spots throughout, where photogenic fairgoers can stop and snap a pic and post those grinning faces to social media for a chance to win a prize. Daniel Wilson, sacbee, "What’s new at the California State Fair? Here’s everything you need to know," 13 July 2018 While many of these women gracing social media are simply genetically blessed or skilled with the photo-editing apps, looking their best for the 'gram also comes from knowing what angles are the most photogenic. Fox News, "'Barbie feet' is the new viral trend taking over Instagram," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of photogenic

: tending to look good in photographs


pho·to·gen·ic | \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈjen-ik \

Medical Definition of photogenic 

1 : produced or precipitated by light photogenic epilepsy photogenic dermatitis

2 : producing or generating light : phosphorescent photogenic bacteria

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