mediagenic

adjective

me·​dia·​gen·​ic ˌmē-dē-ə-ˈje-nik How to pronounce mediagenic (audio)
: attractive or well-suited to the communications media

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Now comes a mediagenic villain with a quixotic plan: to achieve that transformation in reverse. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 Although now crowding 80, President Biden retains some of the mediagenic qualities that ushered him into the political limelight just as political theater became a daily amusement thanks to a constant — if not yet a 24-hour — news cycle. New York Times, 28 Apr. 2021 At that point, America’s mayor will have completed the now familiar trajectory of the mediagenic Trump ally, from Fox pundit to late-night punch line. Jake Bittle, The New Republic, 11 Nov. 2019 Throughout her political career, Harris has skated by on her resume and mediagenic personality, but has been averse to political risk – reminiscent of former Gov. Gray Davis’ penchant for ducking difficult, no-win issues. Dan Walters, The Mercury News, 1 Sep. 2019 But such mediagenic theatrics concealed a far more momentous question: Had Trump and the Democratic leadership really been at war? Alex Pareene, The New Republic, 20 June 2019 Just like Trump supporters, college students expressed their dissatisfaction with large, mediagenic rallies. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, 1 Feb. 2018 Yet, like his mediagenic grandson Lapo Elkann, who famously inherited and still wears things from his grandfather’s wardrobe, Agnelli was as much a creation of the modern publicity machine as Instagram regulars like Nick Wooster would become. Guy Trebay, New York Times, 17 Jan. 2016 Devo 2.0 is a CD-and-DVD collection of the band's most familiar songs plus two new ones sung by a group of mediagenic tweens. Robert Levine, WIRED, 1 May 2006 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1971, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mediagenic was in 1971

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Cite this Entry

“Mediagenic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mediagenic. Accessed 6 Dec. 2022.

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