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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.).

tel′e·gen′i·cal·ly adv.


(Broadcasting) having or showing a pleasant television image
[C20: from tele(vision) + (photo)genic]
ˌteleˈgenically adv


(ˌtɛl ɪˈdʒɛn ɪk)

having physical qualities or characteristics that televise well.
tel`e•gen′i•cal•ly, adv.


[ˌtelɪˈdʒenɪk] ADJtelevisivo, telegénico


[ˌtɛliˈdʒɛnɪk] adjtélégénique
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And it means - and will always mean - that we will be for ever in danger of electing the party with the most telegenic leader.
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