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With capital initial. A member of any of several strict orders of Catholic friars or nuns who go barefoot or wear no footwear other than sandals. Now rare.
Barefoot, without shoes; chiefly (frequently with capital initial) designating a member of the Discalceates.
no object To remove one's shoes, go barefoot, especially as a token of reverence or humility.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Fitzherbert (1552–1640), Jesuit. From classical Latin discalceātus, discalciātus unshod, barefooted, in post-classical Latin also (noun) barefoot friar from dis- + calceātus<br>early 17th century. From post-classical Latin discalceat-, discalciat-, past participial stem of discalceare, discalciare to pull off one's shoes from classical Latin dis- + calceāre.
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