Definition of soft focus in English:

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soft focus

Pronunciation: /sôft ˈfōkəs/


Deliberate slight blurring or lack of definition in a photograph or movie.
Example sentences
  • Hill took the opportunity to take a series of pictures of the men, where the blur of the image, created by the fibrous texture of the paper negative, soft focus and slight movement, gives a sense of life to the calotype.
  • Delightfully conceived and beautifully shot; the camera pushing in closely with soft focus and colours a-blur, it captures Peter's carefree frame of mind perfectly.
  • Nicholson manages to convey the simultaneous ubiquity and otherness of photography through a kind of painterly soft focus that, in its cunning blandness, anticipates Gerhard Richter and Chuck Close.


1Characterized by or producing a lack of definition.
Example sentences
  • The change is made more powerful by the way Lee shot the final scene: filtered with golden light and soft-focus lenses, a marked difference from the gritty cinematography constituting most of the film.
  • We now see her face, enjoyed in close-up by the slightly soft-focus camera.
  • Here are some tips for using soft-focus filters.
1.1Denoting a point of view or style of presentation that obscures or avoids sharp definition in order to be more widely acceptable: soft-focus, nonpolitical essays about American life
More example sentences
  • Perhaps it is comforting to know that John Major's soft-focus view of Britain replete with warm beer and old maids cycling to church does exist somewhere.
  • While Friends Reunited fosters a soft-focus view of school life, many of us remember the harsh reality.
  • A Scot long domiciled in California, Fraser presents a skilled, soft-focus take on the traditions of Scots fiddle, and here brings his young protégé Haas' cello centre-stage.

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Syllabification: soft fo·cus

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