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candid

[kan-did] /ˈkæn dɪd/
adjective
1.
frank; outspoken; open and sincere:
a candid critic.
2.
free from reservation, disguise, or subterfuge; straightforward:
a candid opinion.
3.
informal; unposed:
a candid photo.
4.
honest; impartial:
a candid mind.
5.
Archaic. white.
6.
Archaic. clear; pure.
noun
7.
an unposed photograph.
Origin
1620-1630
1620-30; (< French candide) < Latin candidus shining white, equivalent to cand(ēre) to be shining white (akin to incense) + -idus -id4
Related forms
candidly, adverb
candidness, noun
pseudocandid, adjective
pseudocandidly, adverb
quasi-candid, adjective
quasi-candidly, adverb
subcandid, adjective
subcandidly, adverb
subcandidness, noun
supercandid, adjective
supercandidly, adverb
supercandidness, noun
uncandid, adjective
uncandidly, adverb
uncandidness, noun
Synonyms
1. ingenuous, naive, plain. See frank1 .
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Examples from the web for candid
  • At the end of his life, he wrote an autobiography for his children that was totally candid, and not intended for publication.
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  • But beyond that, the loss of board confidentiality destroys the possibility of candid and productive discussion in the boardroom.
  • Capote's talk is disarmingly candid, frequently funny, always intelligent and sometimes really hair-curling .
  • Thompson is a riot, an opinionated, candid woman full of witty asides and killer zingers.
  • And you will extract my ongoing letter to you, my private or overly candid diary entries here and there.
  • It is a remarkably candid and revealing look at the man behind the camera.
  • Neither are exactly shy about candid, private discussions with reporters on sensitive topics.
  • During their candid interviews, they didn't hesitate to talk over one another, or finish each other's sentences.
  • It may seem counterintuitive, but being cognitively drained made them less inhibited and more candid, which felt good.
British Dictionary definitions for candid

candid

/ˈkændɪd/
adjective
1.
frank and outspoken: he was candid about his dislike of our friends
2.
without partiality; unbiased
3.
unposed or informal: a candid photograph
4.
(obsolete)
  1. white
  2. clear or pure
Derived Forms
candidly, adverb
candidness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin candidus white, from candēre to be white
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Word Origin and History for candid
adj.

1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.

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