telegenic

adjective tele·ge·nic \ ˌte-lə-ˈje-nik , -ˈjē- \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of telegenic

: well-suited to the medium of television; especially : having an appearance and manner that are markedly attractive to television viewers

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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.

First Known Use of telegenic

1936


TELEGENIC Defined for English Language Learners

telegenic

adjective

Definition of telegenic for English Language Learners

  • : tending to look good or seem likable on television


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