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  1. having physical qualities or characteristics that televise well; videogenic.
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Origin of telegenic

First recorded in 1935–40; tele(vision) + -genic
Related formstel·e·gen·i·cal·ly, adverb
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  1. having or showing a pleasant television image
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Derived Formstelegenically, adverb

Word Origin for telegenic

C20: from tele (vision) + (photo) genic
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Word Origin and History for telegenically



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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