an unposed photograph.

Origin of candid

1620–30; (< French candide) < Latin candidus shining white, equivalent to cand(ēre) to be shining white (akin to incense1) + -idus -id4
Related formscan·did·ly, adverbcan·did·ness, nounpseu·do·can·did, adjectivepseu·do·can·did·ly, adverbqua·si-can·did, adjectivequa·si-can·did·ly, adverbsub·can·did, adjectivesub·can·did·ly, adverbsub·can·did·ness, nounsu·per·can·did, adjectivesu·per·can·did·ly, adverbsu·per·can·did·ness, nounun·can·did, adjectiveun·can·did·ly, adverbun·can·did·ness, noun

Synonyms for candid Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for candidly

sincerely, openly, honestly

Examples from the Web for candidly

Contemporary Examples of candidly

Historical Examples of candidly

  • I like you for entering so candidly and so kindly into the story of ma chlre amie.

  • I candidly confessed to my husband, that my love was extinguished.

  • Candidly, he was attempting to convey the impression that I had taken a drop too much.

    Ruggles of Red Gap

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • “Not meaning any offense, it was something like that,” said Sucatash, candidly.

    Louisiana Lou

    William West Winter

  • This is ingenious, but her proof, after that, is (as she candidly admits) "clumsy and roundabout."

    A Tangled Tale

    Lewis Carroll

British Dictionary definitions for candidly



frank and outspokenhe was candid about his dislike of our friends
without partiality; unbiased
unposed or informala candid photograph
  1. white
  2. clear or pure
Derived Formscandidly, adverbcandidness, noun

Word Origin for candid

C17: from Latin candidus white, from candēre to be white
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Word Origin and History for candidly



1620s, "white," from Latin candidum "white; pure; sincere, honest, upright," from candere "to shine," from PIE root *kand- "to glow, to shine" (see candle). In English, metaphoric extension to "frank" first recorded 1670s (cf. French candide "open, frank, ingenuous, sincere"). Of photography, 1929. Related: Candidly; candidness.

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