Photogenic Pho`to*gen"ic, a. Of or pertaining to photogeny; producing or generating light. [1913 Webster]

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  • photogenic — 1839, produced or caused by light, from PHOTO (Cf. photo ) + genic produced by (see GENUS (Cf. genus)). Originally in photogenic drawing, the early term for photography; meaning photographing well is first attested 1928 …   Etymology dictionary

  • photogenic — ► ADJECTIVE 1) looking attractive in photographs. 2) Biology producing or emitting light …   English terms dictionary

  • photogenic — [fōt΄ə jen′ik] adj. [ PHOTO + GENIC] 1. due to or produced by light 2. producing or giving off light; phosphorescent 3. that looks or is likely to look attractive in photographs: said especially of a person photogenically adv …   English World dictionary

  • Photogenic — A photogenic subject (generally a person), is a subject that usually appears physically attractive or striking in photographs, regardless of their physical appearance in real life. Photogenic drawing, coined by William Fox Talbot, also describes… …   Wikipedia

  • photogenic — pho·to·gen·ic .fōt ə jen ik adj 1) produced or precipitated by light <photogenic epilepsy> <photogenic dermatitis> 2) producing or generating light: PHOSPHORESCENT <photogenic bacteria> * * * pho·to·gen·ic (fo″to jenґik) 1 …   Medical dictionary

  • photogenic — adjective Date: 1839 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • photogenic — adjective /ˌfəʊ.təʊˈdʒɛn.ɪk/lang=en/ˌfoʊ.toʊˈdʒɛn.ɪk,ˌfoʊ.təˈdʒɛn.ɪk/lang=en a) Generated or caused by light. The sunbather developed a photogenic melanoma on her back. b) Producing or emitting light, luminescent. The photogenic bacteria were… …   Wiktionary

  • photogenic — pho|to|gen|ic [ˌfəutəˈdʒenık, ˌfəutəu US ˌfoutə ] adj [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: photogenic produced by light , from photo + genic produced by ; influenced by photo and photograph] always looking attractive in photographs ▪ Helen is very… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • photogenic — [[t]fo͟ʊtəʤe̱nɪk[/t]] ADJ GRADED Someone who is photogenic looks nice in photographs. I ve got a million photos of my boy. He s very photogenic …   English dictionary

  • photogenic — photogenically, adv. /foh teuh jen ik/, adj. 1. forming an attractive subject for photography or having features that look well in a photograph: a photogenic face. 2. Biol. producing or emitting light, as certain bacteria; luminiferous;… …   Universalium

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