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I'm trying to convey the sense of a rare moment of tranquility in the mind of a confused, flawed and tormented character.

This is the most ataractically candid thing I've ever written.

This occurs at the end of a sincere, formal letter to a business partner asking for forgiveness.

I want to convey that the candour comes from the rare state of ataraxia the character is feeling at the time. Rare because they suffer from extreme bipolar disorder, and they are out of their mind more often than not.

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This is a fun discussion topic, but not a good fit for ELU (we don't give style suggestions). I will say that that particular word is pretty obscure, and without context, is hard to figure out. A more common word that seems to capture your general intent might be 'lucidly'. – Mitch Feb 17 '13 at 21:44
@Mitch I don't see that addresses style to any greater extent than the run-of-the-mill word-request questions we field all the time, from which it only differs in point of being unusually and gratifyingly specific. – StoneyB Feb 17 '13 at 22:16
@StoneyB Nearly all word request questions are unconstructive or too localized or general reference. Consequently they are discouraged by Stack Exchange staff (except when they have redeeming value because they are of real linguistic or etymological interest to experts). The fact that this policy gets ignored a lot does not make them any more on topic. – MετάEd Feb 17 '13 at 23:39
@StoneyB Then by all means let us close them; but let's not start doing so with one that is refreshingly well written. – StoneyB Feb 17 '13 at 23:44
@StoneyB: I think maybe you meant to direct that comment at MetaEd, instead of yourself? (Or was that an attempt to depict a confused, flawed, and tormented mind?) – J.R. Feb 18 '13 at 1:07

As I suggested in my answer to your previous question, I like serenely, which to me suggests a haven after a tempestuous journey—or at least a temporary respite from the tempest.

But again, serenely candid suggests the manner in which the candour is expressed rather than the source of the candour.

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It's not exactly a "natural pairing", but composedly candid probably associates more strongly with the candid person's mindset at the time, since it's not easy to imagine how it could modify the candour itself. – FumbleFingers Feb 17 '13 at 22:40


This is the most candid thing I’ve ever lucidly written.

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