One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Denoting or belonging to one of several strict orders of Catholic friars or nuns who go barefoot or are shod only in sandals.
- ‘The ministry of the Discalced Carmelites flows from their life of prayer and is oriented toward leading others to intimacy with God.’
- ‘The cultural landscape predates this, the only ‘wilderness’ of its kind in Portugal, which was created by the Order of Discalced Carrnelites between 1628 and 1630.’
- ‘This newsgroup is a place for members of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites to read and share information and ideas about the vocation to Carmel and our service in the Church.’
- ‘When the moment finally comes for our brothers to definitively commit themselves to the Lord as a Discalced Carmelite it is both the culmination of years of prayer, preparation and discernment and a new and wonderful beginning of a life lived for God alone.’
- ‘Anyone who is interested in the vocation to the cloistered life as a Discalced Carmelite Nun, please contact the Reverend Mother.’
Mid 17th century: variant, influenced by French déchaux, of earlier discalceated, from Latin discalceatus, from dis- (expressing removal) + calceatus (from calceus ‘shoe’).
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