Definition of candid
1 : white <candid flames>
3a : 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>
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.
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: 1606
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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