pho·​to·​ge·​nic | \ ˌfō-tə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce photogenic (audio) , -ˈjē- How to pronounce photogenic (audio) \

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

Other Words from photogenic

photogenically \ ˌfō-​tə-​ˈje-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce photogenic (audio) , -​ˈjē-​ \ adverb

Examples of photogenic in a Sentence

She's a very photogenic child. This is the city's most photogenic park.
Recent Examples on the Web No doubt these dinky digital rigs kept the production costs down in some ways, but to be honest the cinematography, supervised by DP Artur Tort, is a bit disappointing given how insanely photogenic the landscape is. Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 May 2022 David Suh, who boasts 4 million followers on TikTok, is a photographer and evangelist of the idea that there’s no such thing as not being photogenic. Los Angeles Times, 11 May 2022 Mansions in this newsletter are typically photogenic — glitzy and glamorous in hopes of luring in a deep-pocketed buyer. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 This string of tropical islands has scenic beaches and absolutely massive (and very photogenic) permit, tarpon, and bonefish. Outside Online, 20 June 2021 Visit the photogenic, black-and-white shop wearing all the house’s cosmetic signatures. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, 6 Apr. 2022 Luring crowds with photogenic installations, the show proliferated online, breaking museum attendance records. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2022 There’s queso Edam (a rich, creamy Gouda typical in Mexico), queso Oaxaca (similar to mozzarella) and queso Chihuahua (soft and stringy, crucial for photogenic cheese pulls). Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Mar. 2022 In Hulu’s Pam & Tommy, the photogenic blonde protagonist is a victim of the Internet’s insatiable maw, not a perpetrator. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of photogenic

1835, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Photogenic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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pho·​to·​gen·​ic | \ ˌfōt-ə-ˈjen-ik How to pronounce photogenic (audio) \

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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