Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having a physical appearance and exhibiting personal qualities that are deemed highly appealing to television viewers: "Do we insist on a telegenic President?” ( William F. Buckley, Jr.)

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. having an appearance and exhibiting qualities thought to be attractive to television viewers
  • adj. televisual

Etymologies

From tele- + -genic, by analogy with photogenic. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though Williams could hardly be described as telegenic, his story was made for TV.

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • Though Williams could hardly be described as telegenic, his story was made for TV

    BBC News | News Front Page | World Edition

  • We can fall back on more acceptable words like "telegenic" and "presence."

    John Feffer: Palin: Foreign Policy Cipher?

  • He wasn't "telegenic" enough in the GOP primary, and he sure won't be "telegenic" enough in a general election.

    Paul Jenkins: Top GOP VP Choices: Failed Business Leaders, Former Dems, Confirmed Bachelors and Creationists

  • I really believe that Nicholas Blanford, who only supports those Lebanese demonstrators that he finds to be "telegenic", now writes the talking points of Hariri Inc. In fact, this article is a rehash of the pieces I read weeks ago in Hariri rag, Al-Mustaqbal.

    Sunday, December 31, 2006

  • This is like the MERIP article on Lebanon by Nicholas Blanford that mentioned the "telegenic" crowds of one side of the demonstrators in Lebanon.

    Sunday, July 31, 2005

  • The Bush people, having concluded nearly two years before that taking strong action posed unacceptable risks, [10] now feared that popular outrage, momentarily fueled by just this sort of "telegenic" but (in their view) ephemeral atrocity, might drag them toward such involvement — or else, popular sentiment would penalize them politically (with the election barely three months away) for "doing nothing."

    America and the Bosnia Genocide

  • Alaska's ever-savvy Governor Sarah Palin has gone and lassoed top D.C. lawyer Robert Barnett to help her broadcast her important life lessons to the world at large, most likely in the form of a book deal (pending, now that Barnett's on the case) and even a possible TV deal for the "telegenic" Palin, The Hollywood Reporter says.

    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • But Saina's win against the best players of the game is historic enough for us to seriously start believing that here's a sport 'telegenic' enough for us to loudly cheer and bite our nails while watching.

    Hindustan Times News Feeds 'Views'

  • Villaraigosa is precisely the kind of telegenic useless Democrat who can get David Hasselhoff and Natalie Cole to play his

    LA Observed

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