Definition of candid
1 : white candid flames
3a : marked by honest sincere expression a candid discussionb : indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absence of deception her candid facec : disposed to criticize severely : blunt candid critics
4 : relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed candid photos of the family at play
Examples of candid in a Sentence
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
If Bart Knaggs had been totally candid, he would have told me that when his prospective father-in-law, who was a doctor, had heard that the cancer had moved into my lungs, he said to Bart, “Well, your friend is dead.” —Lance Armstrong, It's Not About the Bike, (2000) 2001
There are candid … anecdotes of open-heart surgery. —Joyce Carol Oates, New York Times Book Review, 30 Sept. 1990
He was quite candid about his past.
She gave us her candid opinion on the matter.
Recent Examples of candid from the Web
The idea is that presidents should expect to get candid advice from top aides without worrying about revealing it to Congress.
OOF: Here's the latest politician to be candid about the steep challenges Senate Republicans face in agreeing on a health-care bill.
Below, Fifth Harmony's Lauren Jauregui -- who came out as bisexual in a brave, candid piece for Billboard after Trump's election -- shares hers.
In one of his most candid interviews ever, Britain’s Prince William is talking about the impact of losing his mother, Princess Diana.
Jordan Phillips has always been refreshingly candid, and Tuesday was no exception.
In his long history of candid remarks, Dye has veered from making perfect down-home sense to putting his boot in his mouth, with the occasional invention of a new and colorful phrase.
But Lara’s own committee staff may have dealt the bill a mortal blow Monday with a candid analysis of the legislation.
Since leaving the White House, Barack Obama's official photographer Pete Souza has garnered a reputation for savage-yet-underhanded Trump slights (coupled with stunning candid pictures) on Instagram.
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The Many Shades of candid
It is interesting that candid, which has the original meaning in English of “white,” should have so many colors of meaning. The word comes from the French candide, which is from the Latin candidus (“bright, white”). Candid is not often used to mean “white” these days, and has shed another of its older meanings, “clear, pure.” Many of its current meanings are concerned with forms of honesty and forthrightness. It may refer to the indication or suggestion of sincere honesty (“her candid eyes”), or to something being marked by honest expression (“a candid talk”). However, it also carries the meaning of bluntness (or “disposed to criticize severely”), as well as “free from bias, prejudice, or malice.” The most recent sense it has taken on is in the vocabulary of photography: “relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed.”
Origin and Etymology 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: 1606See Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of candid
CANDID Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of candid for English Language Learners
: 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
CANDID Defined for Kids
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