can dour

candor

[kan-der]
noun
1.
the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness: The candor of the speech impressed the audience.
2.
freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality: to consider an issue with candor.
3.
Obsolete, kindliness.
4.
Obsolete, purity.
Also, especially British, candour.


Origin:
1350–1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1


2. openness, frankness, honesty, truthfulness.
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candor
"openness of mind, impartiality, frankness," c.1600, from L. candor "purity, openness," originally "whiteness," from candere "to shine, to be white" (see candle). Borrowed earlier in English (c.1500) with the L. literal sense "extreme whiteness."
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