discalced

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Borrowed from Ecclesiastical Latin discalceātus (barefoot) +‎ -ed, rendering French déchaussé.[1] Surface etymology dis- +‎ calced.

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discalced (not comparable)

  1. (Roman Catholicism) Pertaining to a religious order that historically forswore the wearing of shoes. [from 17th c.]
    Brother John is a member of the Discalced Carmelites.
  2. (formal, more generally) Shoeless; without shoes on; barefoot, or wearing sandals rather than shoes. [from 19th c.]
    • 2006, Cormac McCarthy, The Road, Vintage Books, OCLC 70630525, page 24:
      They were discalced to a man like pilgrims of some common order for all their shoes were long since stolen.

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  1. ^ “discalced”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, launched 2000.