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[French kahn-deed] /French kɑ̃ˈdid/
a philosophical novel (1759) by Voltaire. Unabridged
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  • Candide did not quite agree to that, but he affirmed nothing.

    Candide Voltaire
  • The optimist of Candide was a Mallock in mourning compared to this.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
  • However, what with physic and bleeding, Candide's illness became serious.

    Candide Voltaire
  • Candide presented him with a diamond worth two thousand sequins.

    Library Notes A. P. Russell
  • This is the novel of 'Candide', of which I cannot speak because I have not read it.

  • Such is the famous text as a satire on which Candide was composed.

    History of Modern Philosophy Alfred William Benn
  • Advice in such a matter may seem idle, but the discovery that Candide made is one that the world at large must make some day.

  • All these objects meet and unite in the most famous and most daring of all, Candide, 1758.

  • For "Candide" is not only a clever book, a witty book, a wise book.

    Suspended Judgments John Cowper Powys
  • Candide is the epitome of an epoch in which there were bastilles, a stag-park, and an absolute king.

    Balzac Frederick Lawton
Candide in Culture
Candide [(kan-deed, kahnn-deed) (1759)]

A novel of satire by Voltaire, in which a long series of calamities happens to the title character, an extremely naive and innocent young man, and his teacher, Doctor Pangloss. Pangloss, who reflects the optimistic philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibnitz, nevertheless insists that, despite the calamities, “all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds.”

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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