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1. Frankness or sincerity of expression; openness.
2. Freedom from prejudice; impartiality.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin, from candēre, to shine; see kand- in Indo-European roots.]


(ˈkæn dər)

1. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness.
2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.
3. Obs. kindliness.
4. Obs. purity.
Also, esp. Brit.,can′dour.
[1600–10; < Latin: radiance, whiteness; see candid, -or1]




  1. About as sincere as the look upon the face of an undertaker conducting a nine-hundred-dollar funeral —H. L. Mencken
  2. As candid as the C.I.A. —Anon
  3. As devoted to candor as a high school valedictorian —Jonathan Valin
  4. As forthcoming as Pravda —Joseph Wambaugh
  5. As frank as a candid camera shot —Anon
  6. As open [about revealing self] as an unsteamed clam —Elyse Sommer
  7. As revealing as a locked diary —Anon
  8. Candid as mirrors —Robert G. Ingersoll
  9. Direct as a bullet —Flannery O’Connor
  10. Phony as a laugh track —Vincent Canby, about the movie Murphy’s Romance, New York Times, January 17, 1986
  11. Sincerity is like traveling on a plain beaten road, which commonly brings a man sooner to his journey’s end than by-ways in which men often lose themselves —John Tillotson
  12. Took off the mask of tranquility she had worn … like an actress returning weary to her room after a trying fifth act and falling half-dead upon a couch, while the audience retains an image of her to which she bears not the slightest resemblance —Honoré de Balzac
  13. (You get right) to the point … like a knife in the heart —Harvey Fierstein

    Fierstein’s simile is a line from La Cage aux Folles, the musical based on Jean Poire’s play by the same name.

  14. Two-sided, like Janus —L. P. Hartley
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.candor - ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty
impartiality, nonpartisanship - an inclination to weigh both views or opinions equally
2.candor - the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech
honestness, honesty - the quality of being honest
ingenuousness - openly straightforward or frank
References in classic literature ?
That this remaining task may be executed under impressions conducive to a just and fair result, some reflections must in this place be indulged, which candor previously suggests.
You will pardon my candor, but it is necessary that you understand my mental attitude toward this particular story--that you may credit that which fol-lows.
Then the candor of the woman's whole existence, which every one might read, and which formed so striking a contrast to her own habitual reserve--this might have furnished a link.