If you're candid, or if you speak with candor, it means you're telling the honest truth in an open, sincere way. It can also mean you're telling the truth in a brutally honest way.
(Also, in candid photos, people are doing things naturally instead of posing.)
Part of speech:
(Like “milk,” “rice,” and “education,” uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can’t be broken into exact units. You talk about “some milk,” “the rice,” and “a lot of education,” but you don’t say “a milk,” “three rices,” or “many educations.”
Likewise, talk about “the candor,” “such candor,” “a lot of candor,” “no candor,” and so on, but don’t say “candors.”)
Our British friends spell it "candour."
The adjective is "candid;" the adverb, "candidly."
How to use it:
Talk about someone's candor (or the candor of someone, or the candor of a statement;) speaking, writing, and expressing yourself with candor; asking for or appreciating someone's candor; complaining about or suspecting a lack of candor, etc.
Personally, I'd rather be known for tact than candor. How about you?
I appreciated my students' candor on their anonymous feedback forms: they're an opportunity for improvement, not an ego boost.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "candor" means when you can explain it without saying "outspokenness" or "freedom from holding back what you really think."
Think of someone you know who's always straightforward and honest, and fill in the blanks: "(Person) speaks with candor about (a certain topic,) never sugarcoating _____."
Example: "He spoke with candor about his own illness, never sugarcoating its severity."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month, we're playing with song lyrics that include words featured in issues of Make Your Point. I’ll give you a few lines from the song, with a blank where our word appears, along with its definition. See if you can come up with it! You can follow the link to see the right answer right away, or just wait until the following day’s issue. Have fun!
Artist: Fiona Apple Title: On the Bound Lyrics: No thing I do don't do no thing but bring me more to do, It's true, I do _____ my blue unto myself, I make it bitter. Definition: to fill completely and deeply
Try this one today:
Artist: Bad Religion Title: Progress Lyrics: It's progress 'til there's nothing left to gain
As the _____ of new ideas
Makes us wallow in our shame Definition: a shortage of something important and needed
“The world’s a bubble, and the life of man
Less than a span.”
1. The best opposite of CANDOR is
2. In a moment of uncharacteristic candor, she _____.
A. outlined her entire business plan
B. admitted where she had gone wrong and how
C. explained exactly how to use the new computer system
Answers are below.
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"Candid" is a specific kind of honest, the kind where you say everything you mean, even if it might hurt someone's feelings. ("Candid" is the adjective, like "honest," and "candor" is the noun, like "honesty.")