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Recent Examples of telegenic from the Web
All those upsets, crazy finishes and stellar performances have brought us to San Antonio, where a Cinderella and its telegenic nun join three power programs in the Final Four.
Where other viewers might see talking heads bloviating about various policies, Trump sees people who should be making the policies in real life — or, at least, pushing his in a telegenic way.
In the Trump era, Ms. Loesch has found hers as a telegenic warrior for the N.R.A.
Republicans are eager to tag Lamb’s apparent victory as a one-off, a perfect storm of a lousy GOP candidate and a young, telegenic Democrat who basically ran as a Republican.
Young and telegenic, a former Navy SEAL and Rhodes scholar who had just ascended to a statewide position, Greitens was viewed by Republicans as a politician to watch.
Of course gaming's academy award show is never going to have the inherent star power attraction of Hollywood's various awards shows, where many tune in just to see what telegenic mega-celebrities are wearing.
National Democrats have hyped the telegenic El Paso congressman as a strong bet to upset Ted Cruz, the state’s junior senator.
More difficult, maybe, is the question of how these well-off, telegenic kids will use their new platform to help amplify the voices of inner-city kids for whom gun violence is, statistically, a far bigger problem.
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The History of telegenic
Telegenic, which began to appear in print in the 1930s, is essentially a compound formed out of "television" and "photogenic." "Photogenic" is also the word that caused the addition of a new sense to "-genic," namely "suitable for production or reproduction by a given medium" (as in the occasionally seen "videogenic": "The '80s were a time that created a lot of videogenic bands who weren't necessarily compelling live artists...." - Ron Shapiro, quoted in Entertainment Weekly, September 25, 1998). "Telegenic" may seem like a word that would primarily refer to people, but there is evidence for telegenic events (such as popular sports), objects, and responses. Occasionally, one even sees reference to a telegenic attitude or other intangible.
TELEGENIC Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of telegenic for English Language Learners
: tending to look good or seem likable on television
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