What something will look like to the outside world; the perception a public relations person would have on something. First seen (at least by me) in article by Equity Private on finance blog dealbreaker
CEO of Bank: We definitely should have all of our best mortgage brokers to Vegas for the week just like we've done for the last ten years.

PR Flack - yes, but consider the optics.
by Chebyshev February 7, 2009
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The viewing lens of public perception. How the media will play a story. Political repercussions are all about optics. Bad optics would be giving the media or the political opposition a juicy story to play with.
"The optics of a Solyndra default will be bad," according to a Jan. 31 email from an Office of Management and Budget staffer printed in the Washington Post. "If Solyndra defaults down the road, the optics will arguably be worse later than they would be today. … In addition, the timing will likely coincide with the 2012 campaign season heating up."
by vvvbbb October 2, 2011
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The appearance and public perception of a certain situation or action, as was most recently used by the synagogue shooter in Pittsburgh on his social media post just before the horrible attack.
Screw your optics, I’m going in..”
by Micony October 30, 2018
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a person in a video game (mostly first person shooters) who likes to snipe and thinks they are good at the game.they are mostly 10-13 year old kids who want to look cool.they usually come in packs of 3-4.they are actually horrible at the game but are too stupid to agree and then they deny the fact.
jamesfly:im an optic kid im too good!

*jamesfly dies*
jamesfly:F**kING G*Y A** SH*T
gamer:kid shut up u suck u f**king optic f*g scrub.

*jamesfly rage quits*
by olimar120 May 5, 2011
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tard, homo, gay, queir, see: Nexor
omg ur so fukn optic...
by Ryan Young November 17, 2003
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verb - an empty word with absolutely no meaning used infrequently to sound casual or intelligent in conversation.

It can also be expressed as a root word for a wider usage (opticating, optication, iropticate, interopticate)
Aaron and Michelle should start to opticate more with their friends.

Mrs. Favazza gave us a confusing look when you mentioned opticating earlier.
by matorobro0107 March 16, 2011
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Oh no! My optics! I can’t see without my optics!
by NukeEmWins January 10, 2020
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