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Jan 8, 2010
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discalced

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discalced

PRONUNCIATION:
(dis-KALST)

MEANING:
adjective: Without shoes.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin dis- (apart, away) + calceare (to fit with shoes), from calceus (shoe), from calx (heel). The word discalced is often used of members of religious orders who go barefoot or wear sandals.

USAGE:
"There were several pairs of shoes involved as well, which the otherwise discalced women had a hard time getting on and off."
Christine Temin; 'Straight Up!' Falls Down With Dance Premieres; The Boston Globe; Feb 11, 2005.

See more usage examples of discalced in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (1934-1996)

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