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Meaning of CANDID

Pronunciation:  'kandid

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  characterized by disconcerting directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion; "blunt talking and straight shooting"; "a blunt New England farmer"; "I gave them my candid opinion"; "forthright criticism"; "a forthright approach to the problem"; "tell me what you think--and you may just as well be frank"; "it is possible to be outspoken without being rude"; "plainspoken and to the point"; "a point-blank accusation"
  2. [adj]  starkly realistic; "I have never lacked candid critics in my own ranks"-Clement Atlee
  3. [adj]  openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness; "his candid eyes"; "an open and trusting nature"
  4. [adj]  informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared; "a candid photograph"; "a candid interview"

CANDID is a 6 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: artless, blunt, direct, forthright, frank, free-spoken, ingenuous, open, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, uncontrived, unflattering, unstudied



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Can*did\ (k[a^]n"d[i^]d), a. [F. candide (cf. It.
candido), L. candidus white, fr. cand[=e]re to be of a
glowing white; akin to accend[e^]re, incend[e^]re, to set on
fire, Skr. chand to shine. Cf. {Candle}, {Incense}.]
1. White. [Obs.]

         The box receives all black; but poured from thence,
         The stones came candid forth, the hue of innocence.

2. Free from undue bias; disposed to think and judge
   according to truth and justice, or without partiality or
   prejudice; fair; just; impartial; as, a candid opinion.
   ``Candid and dispassionate men.'' --W. Irving.

3. Open; frank; ingenuous; outspoken.

Syn: Fair; open; ingenuous; impartial; just; frank; artless;
     unbiased; equitable.

Usage: {Candid}, {Fair}, {Open}, {Frank}, {Ingenuous}. A man
       is fair when he puts things on a just or equitable
       footing; he is candid when be looks impartially on
       both sides of a subject, doing justice especially to
       the motives and conduct of an opponent; he is open and
       frank when he declares his sentiments without reserve;
       he is ingenuous when he does this from a noble regard
       for truth. Fair dealing; candid investigation; an open
       temper; a frank disposition; an ingenuous answer or

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