Definition of candid in English:



  • 1Truthful and straightforward; frank.

    ‘his responses were remarkably candid’
    ‘a candid discussion’
    • ‘Ford always seemed candid about his personal life; his closet was reserved for fine clothes, not guilty secrets.’
    • ‘Such candid discussion, I was told, was unprecedented in a dual-gender public forum.’
    • ‘Jennifer said her husband inspired many people by being candid about his own strife.’
    • ‘This is the most honest, candid, and intelligent discussion I've read of this topic.’
    • ‘What shocked me is how candid he was in some of his answers and how straightforward he was.’
    • ‘It is helpful to identify a person or a group of people with whom we can have an open and candid relationship.’
    • ‘We need everybody to be truthful and candid when they're interviewed by the police.’
    • ‘The series offers a candid, fascinating look at what factors shape a person's character.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you find an autobiography so disarmingly direct and candid.’
    • ‘The director was remarkably candid about making the leap from Europe to Hollywood, and working with stars of the calibre of Owen.’
    • ‘You would hope that all of those who are interviewed would be truthful and candid and forthcoming.’
    • ‘Only in unique relationships can a CEO afford to open up, be candid, be vulnerable.’
    • ‘At the very least, we need to have a frank and candid debate about what we're getting for what we're giving up.’
    • ‘Corporate tax people need to be candid and straightforward about all that information.’
    • ‘It says something very simple and familiar to every reader, but it says it in a way which manages to be totally direct and candid.’
    • ‘It was refreshing to see a film which is completely open and candid about complex ideas about what a particular woman wants.’
    • ‘It is also pretty candid and honest and written by someone who writes well, even if what he is saying is sometimes contentious.’
    • ‘His flaw was his indispensable virtue: he was direct and candid in telling the unvarnished truth.’
    • ‘He failed in his duty to be candid with the British people.’
    • ‘It is hard to get candid comments from people who must continue to work with the subject after the book is out.’
    frank, outspoken, forthright, blunt, open, honest, truthful, sincere, direct, straightforward, plain-spoken, bluff, unreserved, downright, not afraid to call a spade a spade, straight from the shoulder, unvarnished, bald
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  • 2(of a photograph of a person) taken informally, especially without the subject's knowledge.

    ‘it is better to let the photographer mingle among the guests and take candid shots’
    • ‘This album is intensely intimate, just like the candid photos of the band in the CD booklet.’
    • ‘The idea is inspired by a character in the play who takes candid photographs from inside a box.’
    • ‘From all the wedding phots, this looks the most natural, very candid and spontaneous.’
    • ‘And although they don't go in for photocalls, we're allowed to snap candid shots during the video shoot.’
    • ‘The main picture on the front page is a candid shot of the rock band.’
    • ‘The viewer is left under no illusion: these are not candid shots of real people living real lives.’
    • ‘He was one of the first photographers to take candid shots on the street, and his style has influenced generations.’
    • ‘Karen mouthed silently as she snapped a few candid photographs of the two women.’
    • ‘In our time of candid, instamatic and digital photography, this is a tome to treasure.’
    • ‘No, what you want are candid shots of groups of people relating to each other.’
    • ‘I liked to take candid shots of people and places, and the park was one of my favorite places to go.’
    • ‘Peyton's work may be said to simulate a posed fashion shot, his a candid photo.’
    • ‘The light was fantastic; the shots, experimental candid shots of strangers were so-so.’
    • ‘The popularity of candid shots also has inspired a new generation of wedding albums.’
    • ‘Dijkstra deliberately walks a line between posed and candid shots.’
    • ‘Sofia dailies were rivalling each other in coming out with candid photos of the two.’
    • ‘What were they thinking when they allowed a relative in the press to take candid photos of her for distribution?’
    unposed, informal, uncontrived, unstudied, impromptu
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Mid 17th century (in the Latin sense): from Latin candidus ‘white’. Subsequent early senses were ‘pure, innocent’, ‘unbiased’, and ‘free from malice’, hence ‘frank’ (late 17th century). Compare with candour.