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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
In a moment of candor, Nick Saban on a midseason radio show appearance admitted he'd never seen anything like Alabama's linebacker injury outbreak.
These interviews fill almost 600 pages with wit, whimsy and candor.
Unburdened, and with remarkable candor, Garza sits in the football office and recounts a life that began in Oakland, where he was surrounded by relatives who were drug addicts, including his estranged father.
The goal of these conversations should be to get the conversation started, to promote honesty and candor and ultimately lay the groundwork for the next conversation—even if that’s not until the next holiday season.
His remarks represent a moment of rare candor by a senior U.S. intelligence official on an issue that is politically charged.
Marlow's sudden candor suggests that Breitbart's coverage of Moore after the accusations was a grand performance.
Guthrie and Kotb on NBC, and Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King on CBS—reacted to losing their co-hosts with gravity and candor, frankly parsing their personal relationships with the hosts in relation to the accusations.
Cramer’s candor, like Trump’s, is refreshing, Fortune said.
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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.
Synonymsbluntness, candidness, directness, forthrightness, frankness, honesty, openheartedness, openness, outspokenness, plainness, plainspokenness, plumpness, straightforwardness, unguardedness, unreserve, unreservedness
Antonymsdissembling, dissimulation, indirection
Related Wordsearnestness, sincerity, sobriety; artlessness, genuineness, naïveté (also naivete or naiveté), simplicity, unsophistication; communicativeness, freedom, license (or licence), uninhibitedeness, unrestrainedness, unrestraint
Near Antonymscircuitousness, evasiveness, secretiveness; inhibition, reserve, restraint, reticence, shyness; diplomacy, tact
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