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[tel-i-jen-ik] /ˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛn ɪk/
having physical qualities or characteristics that televise well; videogenic.
Origin of telegenic
First recorded in 1935-40; tele(vision) + -genic
Related forms
telegenically, adverb Unabridged
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  • They grow up accepting the politics of telegenic competition, a poor substitute for competence and commitment.

  • telegenic or not, a president or a TV star has little, if any, impact on our fulfillment in the interconnected world of our time.

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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