candour
Candor Can"dor, n. [Written also {candour}.] [L. candor, fr. cand["e]re; cf. F. candeur. See {candid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Whiteness; brightness; (as applied to moral conditions) usullied purity; innocence. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Nor yor unquestioned integrity Shall e'er be sullied with one taint or spot That may take from your innocence and candor. --Massinger. [1913 Webster]

2. A disposition to treat subjects with fairness; freedom from prejudice or disguise; frankness; sincerity. [1913 Webster]

Attribute superior sagacity and candor to those who held that side of the question. --Whewell. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • candour — (Brit.) can·dour || kændÉ™ n. honesty, openness, sincerity (also candor) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • candour — (US candor) ► NOUN ▪ the quality of being open and honest. ORIGIN Latin candor whiteness, purity …   English terms dictionary

  • candour — [[t]kæ̱ndə(r)[/t]] N UNCOUNT Candour is the quality of speaking honestly and openly about things. ...a brash, forceful man, noted both for his candour and his quick temper. Syn: frankness Ant: guardedness (in AM, use candor) …   English dictionary

  • candour — can|dour BrE candor AmE [ˈkændə US ər] n [U] [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: whiteness, candor , from candere; CANDID] the quality of being honest and telling the truth, even when the truth may be unpleasant or embarrassing →↑candid ▪ She… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • candour — BrE candor AmE noun (U) sincere honesty and truthfulness: I appreciate your candour in this matter see also: candid …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • candour — UK [ˈkændə(r)] / US [ˈkændər] noun [uncountable] honesty, even when the truth is not pleasant With brutal candour, he pointed out all the flaws in our plans …   English dictionary

  • candour — /ˈkændə / (say kanduh) noun 1. frankness, as of speech; sincerity; honesty. 2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality. 3. Obsolete kindliness. 4. Obsolete purity. Also, candor. {Latin candor radiance, purity, candour} Usage: For spelling… …   Australian English dictionary

  • candour — chiefly British variant of candor …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • candour — can|dour [ kændər ] the British spelling of candor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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