candid

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adjective can·did \ ˈkan-dəd \

Definition of candid

1 :white
  • candid flames
2 :free from bias, prejudice, or malice :fair
  • a candid observer
3 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
4 :relating to or being photography of subjects acting naturally or spontaneously without being posed
  • candid photos of the family at play

candidly

adverb

candidness

noun

Examples of candid in a Sentence

  1. 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 ArmstrongIt's Not About the Bike(2000) 2001
  2. 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 LeporeJournal of American HistoryJune 2001
  3. There are candid … anecdotes of open-heart surgery. —Joyce Carol OatesNew York Times Book Review30 Sept. 1990
  4. He was quite candid about his past.

  5. She gave us her candid opinion on the matter.

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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

Synonym Discussion of 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

CANDID Defined for English Language Learners

candid

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adjective

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

candid

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adjective can·did \ ˈkan-dəd \

Definition of candid for Students

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

candidly

adverb
  • She spoke candidly about her mistakes.


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