candid

Straightforward and truthful talk might be described with the adjective candid. If you're too candid in your personal blog, a future employer might discover your penchant for nude skydiving.

A serious-minded politician might suggest engaging in a "candid discussion" about a complicated topic like health care or the environment, because candid means "open" or "frank." Remember that TV show Candid Camera? It was called that because its hidden cameras supposedly showed a candid view of reality. In photography, candid has become a noun meaning "an unposed photo." The word comes from Latin candidus, meaning "white," which was later extended to mean "pure." Candid talk provides the pure, unvarnished truth.

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: candid

1
adj
openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness
2
adj
informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: candid
1

adj openly straightforward and direct without reserve or secretiveness

“his candid eyes”
Synonyms:
heart-to-heart, open
artless, ingenuous
characterized by an inability to mask your feelings; not devious

adj characterized by directness in manner or speech; without subtlety or evasion

“I gave them my candid opinion”
Synonyms:
blunt, forthright, frank, free-spoken, outspoken, plainspoken, point-blank, straight-from-the-shoulder
direct
straightforward in means or manner or behavior or language or action
2

adj informal or natural; especially caught off guard or unprepared

“a candid photograph”
“a candid interview”
Synonyms
uncontrived, unstudied
not by design or artifice; unforced and impromptu
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