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[tel-i-jen-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛn ɪk/
having physical qualities or characteristics that televise well; videogenic.
Origin of telegenic
1935-40; tele(vision) + -genic
Related forms
telegenically, adverb Unabridged
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  • The list was long on creativity, but short on telegenic projects.
  • Winding streets lined with style-setting shops-and one telegenic bakery-make for ideal aimless strolls.
  • Of all the weather phenomena in the world, the unpredictable, violent and telegenic tornado commands special attention.
  • But there was nothing obviously telegenic about him.
  • Reportedly, thousands of cheering fans lined up in the blazing noon sun to catch a glimpse of telegenic royals.
  • telegenic and successful in business, he is liked by the party's high command.
  • At a time of political turmoil, a charismatic, telegenic new leader arrives virtually out of nowhere.
  • For one thing, it has lost ground to faster-paced and arguably more telegenic games.
  • He is not telegenic, and he projects hardly a portrait of dynamism.
  • He's smart, relaxed and impossibly telegenic, with a knack for coming across as humble and sincere.
British Dictionary definitions for telegenic


having or showing a pleasant television image
Derived Forms
telegenically, adverb
Word Origin
C20: from tele(vision) + (photo)genic
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Word Origin and History for telegenic

1939, from television + ending from photogenic.

Judith Barrett, pretty and blonde actress, is the first Telegenic Girl to go on record. In other words, she is the perfect type of beauty for television. ... She is slated for the first television motion picture. [Baltimore "Sun," Oct. 16, 1939]

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