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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 of candid
1620-1630
1620-30; (< French candide) < Latin candidus shining white, equivalent to cand(ēre) to be shining white (akin to incense1) + -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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  • "You're not," she remonstrated with the candidness that John found later was so engaging.

    Spring Street James H. Richardson
  • The value of their joint production lies in this candidness.

  • He struck the final note in the candidness of the establishment, a priest whose ritual contained no mysteries.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • To-day there are certain recognized courtesies of speech, and kindliness has taken the place of candidness.

    Book of Etiquette, Volume 2 Lillian Eichler Watson
British Dictionary definitions for candidness

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 candidness

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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