The origins of candor
shine through in its first definition. Candor
traces back to the Latin verb candēre
("to shine or glow"), which in turn derives from the same ancient root that gave the Welsh language can
, meaning "white," and the Sanskrit language candati
, which translates to "it shines." Other descendants of candēre
in English include candid
, and the somewhat less common candent
(both of which are synonyms of incandescent
in the sense of "glowing from or as if from great heat"). There is even excandescence
, an uncommon word that refers to a feverish condition brought on by anger or passion.
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