soft-focus

adjective

soft-fo·​cus ˈsȯf(t)-ˈfō-kəs How to pronounce soft-focus (audio)
1
of a photographic image : having unsharp outlines
2
of a lens : producing an image having unsharp outlines

Examples of soft-focus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The best setting powders can help seal in your foundation, keep shine under control, and leave your skin with a soft-focus finish. Clare Holden, Glamour, 2 Apr. 2024 If done poorly, then one risks following in the steps of Katie Boyd Britt, the 42-year-old Alabama senator who gave the Republican response to President Biden’s State of the Union address from her soft-focus kitchen. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 The tube—decked with a golden pair of lips—provides a fittingly grand presentation for the lightweight, hydrating formulation that dries down with a soft-focus effect. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 8 Mar. 2024 This powder has also been infused with rice silk powder to leave your skin with a soft-focus finish. Clare Holden, Glamour, 1 Mar. 2024 The bodega has since become an object of soft-focus nostalgia. Vulture, 20 Jan. 2024 Recorded at home during the early morning, this soft-focus music simmers at a low temperature: acoustic guitar paint brushstrokes beneath buoyant synths that seem dappled in sunlight. Pitchfork, 14 Dec. 2023 The soft-focus formula earned perfect scores for absorbency and finished look in our lab tests. Theresa Holland, Peoplemag, 12 Oct. 2023 His Vanity Fair melded deep investigative journalism with voyeuristic glimpses into the lives of the unhappily rich and famous, and chummy, soft-focus paeans to the movie stars on its covers. Jada Yuan, Washington Post, 6 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of soft-focus was in 1911

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“Soft-focus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-focus. Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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