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 Candau les (3 syl.).Candide (2 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Can’didate (3 syl.)
 
means “clothed in white.” Those who solicited the office of consul, quæstor, prætor, etc., among the Romans, arrayed themselves in a loose white robe. It was loose that they might show the people their scars, and white in sign of fidelity and humility. (Latiu, canddus, whence candidti, clothed in white, etc.)   1
 


 Candau les (3 syl.).Candide (2 syl.). 

 
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