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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.]
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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.
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See Also: HONESTY
- About as sincere as the look upon the face of an undertaker conducting a nine-hundred-dollar funeral —H. L. Mencken
- As candid as the C.I.A. —Anon
- As devoted to candor as a high school valedictorian —Jonathan Valin
- As forthcoming as Pravda —Joseph Wambaugh
- As frank as a candid camera shot —Anon
- As open [about revealing self] as an unsteamed clam —Elyse Sommer
- As revealing as a locked diary —Anon
- Candid as mirrors —Robert G. Ingersoll
- Direct as a bullet —Flannery O’Connor
- Phony as a laugh track —Vincent Canby, about the movie Murphy’s Romance, New York Times, January 17, 1986
- 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
- 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
- (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.
- Two-sided, like Janus —L. P. Hartley
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|Noun||1.||candor - ability to make judgments free from discrimination or dishonesty|
|2.||candor - the quality of being honest and straightforward in attitude and speech|
ingenuousness - openly straightforward or frank
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