adjective can·did \ˈkan-dəd\

: expressing opinions and feelings in an honest and sincere way

photography : showing people acting in a natural way because they do not know that they are being photographed

Full Definition of CANDID

:  white <candid flames>
:  free from bias, prejudice, or malice :  fair <a candid observer>
a :  marked by honest sincere expression <a candid discussion>
b :  indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absence of deception <her candid face>
c :  disposed to criticize severely :  blunt <candid critics>
:  relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed
can·did·ly adverb
can·did·ness noun

Examples of CANDID

  1. He was quite candid about his past.
  2. She gave us her candid opinion on the matter.
  3. To be candid, I have wondered whether it is fair to write about a man for whom I cannot help but feel a real distaste. —Jill Lepore, Journal of American History, June 2001

Origin of CANDID

French & Latin; French candide, from Latin candidus bright, white, from candēre to shine, glow; akin to Welsh can white, Sanskrit candati it shines
First Known Use: 1606

Rhymes with CANDID


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