- (chiefly of members of certain religious orders) without shoes; unshod; barefoot.
Also dis·cal·ce·ate [dis-kal-see-it, -eyt] /dɪsˈkæl si ɪt, -ˌeɪt/.
Origin of discalced
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- barefooted: used to denote friars and nuns who wear sandals
C17: from Latin discalceātus, from dis- 1 + calceātus shod, from calceāre to provide with shoes, from calceus shoe, from calx heel
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Word Origin and History for discalceate
"unshod, barefoot," 1650s, from Latin discalceatus, from dis- (see dis-) + calceatus, past participle of calceare "to furnish with shoes," from calceus "shoe."
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