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
Candid songs about everything from fighting your demons to finding forgiveness.
She was awarded a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1982 and is remembered for both her candid writing and haunting death.
Dunham has been candid about her relationship with her body, which has likely been complicated by a long, ongoing struggle with endometriosis.
In a 1990 interview, a more candid time, Trump expressed his belief that being born into poverty would not have arrested his rise.
Come July, Hayward will tell us something more definitive than even a candid sound bite ever could.
Armed with a book of his most candid memoirs and an accompanying film, Napier is keeping it real.
Jim Comey’s candid testimony gave us important answers and insight, but there is much more work to be done both by congressional investigators and Mr. (Robert) Mueller.
The Dolphins’ offensive coordinator is candid, funny and always accommodating.
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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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