candid

adjective
can·​did | \ ˈkan-dəd How to pronounce candid (audio) \

Definition of candid

1a : marked by honest sincere expression a candid discussion
b : disposed to criticize severely : blunt candid critics
c : indicating or suggesting sincere honesty and absence of deception her candid face
2 : free from bias, prejudice, or malice : fair a candid observer
3 : relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed candid photos of the family at play
4 : white candid flames

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Other Words from candid

candidly adverb
candidness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for candid

frank, candid, open, plain mean showing willingness to tell what one feels or thinks. frank stresses lack of shyness or secretiveness or of evasiveness from considerations of tact or expedience. frank discussions candid suggests expression marked by sincerity and honesty especially in offering unwelcome criticism or opinion. a candid appraisal open implies frankness but suggests more indiscretion than frank and less earnestness than candid. open in saying what they think plain suggests outspokenness and freedom from affectation or subtlety in expression. plain talk

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.”

Examples of candid in a Sentence

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 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 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.
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Several of the officials who shared their candid views were unusually concerned with how they would be quoted, worried that specific words or phrases could be traced back to them. al, "How Stephen Miller controls Trump’s immigration policy," 18 Aug. 2019 Several of the officials who shared their candid views were unusually concerned with how they would be quoted, worried that specific words or phrases could be traced back to them. Author: Nick Miroff, Josh Dawsey, Anchorage Daily News, "Stephen Miller has singular control of Trump’s immigration policy," 17 Aug. 2019 The pharmacists’ views, shared in interviews this week, offer a candid perspective from people on the front lines of the opioid crisis. oregonlive.com, "Oregon pharmacists sold millions of opioid pills, say they felt powerless to say no," 16 Aug. 2019 Their candid answers painted a picture of a real campus need. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "Spartan Wellness Center, a vision years in the making, to debut at La Cañada High School," 15 Aug. 2019 Asked about his rights in regards to Nets ownership in May, Mr. Tsai was fairly candid. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Joseph Tsai Nears Full Ownership of the Nets," 14 Aug. 2019 In a candid chat, the three share their unique journeys in the industry and celebrate the sisterhood of country music. Reba McEntire: Lots of great women inspired me, starting with my mother. Alison Abbey, Woman's Day, "Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert and Carly Pearce Dish on the Sisterhood of Country Music," 9 Aug. 2019 Like other celebrities who have recently voiced their disdain for President Donald Trump – such as Woody Harrelson and John Legend – Tommy Lee is making a candid political statement. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "An unapologetic Tommy Lee takes aims at 'Trumpsters' in scathing Twitter post," 9 Aug. 2019 Travis, who has aphasia, a condition that limits his ability to speak and give interviews, reveals his painful, monthslong recovery from the stroke in the memoir chronicling his rise to fame in candid detail. Kristin M. Hall, Twin Cities, "Randy Travis’ new memoir shares the ups and downs of the country star’s life," 3 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'candid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of candid

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 4

History and Etymology for candid

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

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candid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of candid

: 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

adjective
can·​did | \ ˈkan-dəd How to pronounce candid (audio) \

Kids Definition of candid

1 : marked by or showing honesty : frank a candid discussion
2 : relating to photography of people acting naturally without being posed a candid picture

Other Words from candid

candidly adverb She spoke candidly about her mistakes.

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