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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