Definition of candid in English:

candid

Line breaks: can¦did
Pronunciation: /ˈkandɪd
 
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adjective

1Truthful and straightforward; frank: his responses were remarkably candid a candid discussion
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  • This is the most honest, candid, and intelligent discussion I've read of this topic.
  • Corporate tax people need to be candid and straightforward about all that information.
  • You would hope that all of those who are interviewed would be truthful and candid and forthcoming.
Synonyms
frank, outspoken, forthright, blunt, open, honest, truthful, sincere, direct, straightforward, plain-spoken, bluff, unreserved, downright, not afraid to call a spade a spade, straight from the shoulder, unvarnished, bald; heart-to-heart, intimate, personal, man-to-man, woman-to-woman
informal upfront, on the level
North American informal on the up and up
archaic round, free-spoken
2(Of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject’s knowledge: it is better to let the photographer mingle among the guests and take candid shots
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  • Peyton's work may be said to simulate a posed fashion shot, his a candid photo.
  • The idea is inspired by a character in the play who takes candid photographs from inside a box.
  • Karen mouthed silently as she snapped a few candid photographs of the two women.
Synonyms
unposed, informal, uncontrived, unstudied, impromptu; spontaneous, extemporary, natural

Origin

mid 17th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin candidus 'white'. Subsequent early senses were 'pure, innocent', 'unbiased', and 'free from malice', hence 'frank' (late 17th century). Compare with candour.

Derivatives

candidly

adverb
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  • They speak frankly and candidly about sex, drugs, politics, crime and punishment.
  • Never in the media monarchy was a president of the republic questioned so directly and candidly.
  • The nurses speak openly and candidly about their love of nursing, and the difficulties they face in their jobs.

candidness

noun
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  • Her photographs of Einstein were rejected by Life in the 1950s for precisely this quality of seeming candidness and familiarity.
  • People experiment with online personas and often demonstrate a freedom of expression and candidness they feel unable to reveal in daily life.
  • My candidness towards the subject has brought many reactions and those received via e-mail are great to share.

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