Definition of candid in English:



  • 1Truthful and straightforward; frank.

    ‘his responses were remarkably candid’
    ‘a candid discussion’
    • ‘This is the most honest, candid, and intelligent discussion I've read of this topic.’
    • ‘His flaw was his indispensable virtue: he was direct and candid in telling the unvarnished truth.’
    • ‘The director was remarkably candid about making the leap from Europe to Hollywood, and working with stars of the calibre of Owen.’
    • ‘It is not everyday that you find an autobiography so disarmingly direct and candid.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Such candid discussion, I was told, was unprecedented in a dual-gender public forum.’
    • ‘It is helpful to identify a person or a group of people with whom we can have an open and candid relationship.’
    • ‘It was refreshing to see a film which is completely open and candid about complex ideas about what a particular woman wants.’
    • ‘What shocked me is how candid he was in some of his answers and how straightforward he was.’
    • ‘Corporate tax people need to be candid and straightforward about all that information.’
    • ‘We need everybody to be truthful and candid when they're interviewed by the police.’
    • ‘Ford always seemed candid about his personal life; his closet was reserved for fine clothes, not guilty secrets.’
    • ‘The series offers a candid, fascinating look at what factors shape a person's character.’
    • ‘He failed in his duty to be candid with the British people.’
    • ‘Jennifer said her husband inspired many people by being candid about his own strife.’
    • ‘At the very least, we need to have a frank and candid debate about what we're getting for what we're giving up.’
    • ‘It is also pretty candid and honest and written by someone who writes well, even if what he is saying is sometimes contentious.’
    • ‘Only in unique relationships can a CEO afford to open up, be candid, be vulnerable.’
    • ‘It is hard to get candid comments from people who must continue to work with the subject after the book is out.’
    • ‘You would hope that all of those who are interviewed would be truthful and candid and forthcoming.’
    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.

    • ‘No, what you want are candid shots of groups of people relating to each other.’
    • ‘The light was fantastic; the shots, experimental candid shots of strangers were so-so.’
    • ‘The main picture on the front page is a candid shot of the rock band.’
    • ‘Peyton's work may be said to simulate a posed fashion shot, his a candid photo.’
    • ‘What were they thinking when they allowed a relative in the press to take candid photos of her for distribution?’
    • ‘Sofia dailies were rivalling each other in coming out with candid photos of the two.’
    • ‘This album is intensely intimate, just like the candid photos of the band in the CD booklet.’
    • ‘The popularity of candid shots also has inspired a new generation of wedding albums.’
    • ‘Dijkstra deliberately walks a line between posed and candid shots.’
    • ‘I liked to take candid shots of people and places, and the park was one of my favorite places to go.’
    • ‘And although they don't go in for photocalls, we're allowed to snap candid shots during the video shoot.’
    • ‘Karen mouthed silently as she snapped a few candid photographs of the two women.’
    • ‘From all the wedding phots, this looks the most natural, very candid and spontaneous.’
    • ‘The idea is inspired by a character in the play who takes candid photographs from inside a box.’
    • ‘In our time of candid, instamatic and digital photography, this is a tome to treasure.’
    • ‘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.’
    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 candor.