Definition of candor
3 archaic : kindliness
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Examples of candor in a Sentence
But a more subtle, and perhaps the most powerful, quality in the Senator's arsenal of attractions is an unrelenting candor that verges on self-reproach … —Joe Klein, New Yorker, 17 Jan. 2002
People are human; they are fallible. I concede with painful candor and a heavy heart that the adage applies to me and to my generation of American leadership regarding Vietnam. —Robert S. McNamara, In Retrospect, 1995
… thoughtful critics lamented what they designated Roosevelt's deviousness, his lack of candor … —Doris Kearns Goodwin, New Yorker, 15 Aug. 1994
One hardly knows which to admire more, the candor of the author or the forbearance of his wife and his buddy, who somehow manage to refrain from cuffing him smartly upside the head. —Jay McInerney, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991
She spoke with candor about racism.
I was impressed by the candor of his statement.
Recent Examples of candor from the Web
CNN’s John King said afterward on the air, a moment of unusual candor that echoed the frustration and self-flagellation of many journalists in television news.
Cumming intersperses this story with illuminating discussions of Velázquez’s radical candor and originality as a painter.
The redheaded center writes with admirable candor about his failings as a player and the betrayals of his body.
The situation in which a survey is conducted — in school; a telephone call; an in-person interview — will influence the candor of the response.
Indeed, much of the antipathy on the left appears to be based on the fact that the idea originated on France’s far right, as many Socialists, with unwitting candor, have acknowledged.
The media buy that the Clinton Foundation scandals — with her greed and lack of candor front and center — are real scandals.
The Prince’s blunt candor has been a scandal for 500 years.
That double standard haunts and constrains the Obama presidency, warning him away from candor about America’s sordid birthmark.
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candor: it can be refreshing
Candor, related to the adjective candid, refers to straightforward honesty or frankness in speech or expression. The fact that it is frequently preceded by the adjective refreshing suggests that it is often unexpected, a shift from guarded or euphemistic language:
This is perhaps the busiest and craziest time of the year for device-case maker Brian Holmes, and he told me today with refreshing candor that “I am about to lose my mind.”
Julio Ojeda-Zapata, St. Paul Pioneer Press, 9 Sept. 2016
They are openly afraid of starting a family and making mistakes, and this refreshing candor between characters is what makes the show one of the best rom-coms on TV.
Julia Edelman, People, 8 Apr. 2016
Did You Know?
The origins of "candor" shine through in its first definition. "Candor" traces back to the Latin verb candēre ("to shine or glow"), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language can, meaning "white," and the Sanskrit language "candati," which translates to "it shines." Other descendants of "candēre" in English include "candid," "incandescent," "candle," and the somewhat less common "candent" and "candescent" (both of which are synonyms of "incandescent" in the sense of "glowing from or as if from great heat"). There is even "excandescence ," an uncommon word that refers to a feverish condition brought on by anger or passion.
Origin and Etymology of candor
French & Latin; French candeur, from Latin candor, from candēre — more at candid
First Known Use: 14th century
CANDOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of candor for English Language Learners
: the quality of being open, sincere, and honest
CANDOR Defined for Kids
Definition of candor for Students
: sincere and honest expression She spoke with candor about the problem.
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