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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
That Kind of Mother traces the impact of race and privilege on some of its characters’ most sacred bonds, but the novel also reveals the extent to which Alam is attuned to the concerns and candor of women.
Alba, who briefly held the job of fire chief before he was fired due to a controversy that arose out of an affair with a female co-worker, prevailed in his contention that he was defamed by her lack of candor about their relationship.
Hawthornthwaite and Martin’s candor surprised Lesley Clifford, who joined Rothy’s last July as director of merchandising.
In Washington a picture is emerging of an eerie and lack-of-candor railroading of Donald Trump conducted by the likes of James Comey and Andrew McCabe.
As wife of a U.S. president and mother to another — a distinction shared only by Abigail Adams — Barbara was known for her self-deprecating sense of humor, and a candor that disarmed all but the finickiest of critics.
By bravely disclosing her battle, FKA Twigs is not only inspiring her legions of fans with her candor, but bringing awareness and support to a critical issue that many women face.
The agency’s report was not contingent on Iranian candor.
While Bush, only the second American woman to be both wife and mother of a U.S President, was a lifelong Republican, she was known for her candor and wad a force admired and respected by both parties.
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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.
CANDOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of candor for English Language Learners
: the quality of being open, sincere, and honest
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