View synonyms for candor


[ kan-der ]


  1. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness:

    The candor of the speech impressed the audience.

  2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality:

    to consider an issue with candor.

    Synonyms: truthful, honesty, frankness, openness

  3. Obsolete. kindliness.
  4. Obsolete. purity.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of candor1

First recorded in 1350–1400 (for sense “extreme whiteness”); Middle English, from Latin: “radiance, whiteness”; candid, -or 1
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Example Sentences

Even knowing all that, I said, apparently prizing candor above employment, I wouldn’t bet against Tesla.

From Fortune

Our simultaneous revulsion and attraction stems, I suspect, from the nagging suspicion that Antara is dragging us toward a species of candor that’s terrifying.

In the latest edition of our Confessions series, in which we trade anonymity for candor, we here from an digital agency exec about how managing client expectations during external upheaval has become a norm.

From Digiday

Young Americans deserve more precision and candor from the college and business people charged with leading them in the right direction.

For the latest edition of our Confessions series, in which we trade anonymity for candor, we spoke with a performance marketing media buyer about the suits as well as the Facebook and Apple fight.

From Digiday

His section on why he and his wife split—he essentially chose soccer over her—would be risky if its candor were not so refreshing.

Though Kerzner did concede that being a sock helped with his candor.

Forgive my candor, though such is my wont, but much like that moose on a spit, Bernie is dead.

Without overshadowing his talented counterparts, Cedar commands the stage with a meticulous mix of stoicism and candor.

That candor demystifies the sexual appeal and, in turn, diminishes the sexual pressures.

She was flushed and felt intoxicated with the sound of her own voice and the unaccustomed taste of candor.

The candor of Mrs. Pontellier's admission greatly pleased Mademoiselle Reisz.

I know his reputation for uncompromising candor, and love him for his bold, frank ways.

Several other books were also published by him, reflecting great honor upon his integrity, candor and faithfulness.

"The overland route does not lead directly through paradise, my dear Mrs. Stanley," admitted Coronado with insinuating candor.