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Adjective, verb & noun. Mid-17th century.
[Latin discalceatus, formed as DIS- + calceatus past participle of calceare to shoe, from calceus shoe.]
A adj. Barefoot; wearing sandals as the only footwear. M17
B noun. A discalceate friar or nun. Now rare or obsolete. M17
C verb. Take off the shoes (of). E17
I do rather like going barefoot, just as I rather like my new word discalceate to describe it. It can also be used as a verb, as in this sentence from the 1609 book Race Celestiall by Henry Greenwood:
'Moses was not permitted to come nigh the Lord, before he did discalceate himself.'
If you're also one of those officiously house-proud types that has a sign by your door asking guests to remove their shoes before entering, this might also make a nice variation:
'Visitors are kindly requested to discalceate themselves before entering.'
It's worth having one of those signs just to see the perplexed looks on their faces.
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