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One of a number of early Christian ascetics who lived unsheltered on the tops of high pillars.

[Late Greek stūlītēs, from Greek stūlos, pillar; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

sty·lit′ic (-lĭt′ĭk) adj.
sty′lit·ism (stī′lī′tĭz-əm) n.


(Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity one of a class of recluses who in ancient times lived on the top of high pillars
[C17: from Late Greek stulitēs, from Greek stulos a pillar]
stylitic adj


(ˈstaɪ laɪt)
one of a class of solitary Christian ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.
[1630–40; < Late Greek stȳlitēs= Greek stŷl(os) pillar + -itēs -ite1]
sty•lit′ic (-ˈlɪt ɪk) adj.
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Noun1.stylite - an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillarsstylite - an early Christian ascetic who lived on top of high pillars
abstainer, ascetic - someone who practices self denial as a spiritual discipline


nSäulenheilige(r) m, → Stylit m (spec)
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There was once a person of the name of Simeon Stylites, who took up a position on top of a pillar and stayed there, having no other engagements, for thirty years.
It was at this point that he definitely condemned Simeon Stylites as a sybaritic fraud.
In Saint Stylites, the famous Christian hermit of old times, who built him a lofty stone pillar in the desert and spent the whole latter portion of his life on its summit, hoisting his food from the ground with a tackle; in him we have a remarkable instance of a dauntless stander-of-mast-heads; who was not to be driven from his place by fogs or frosts, rain, hail, or sleet; but valiantly facing everything out to the last, literally died at his post.
The inquest was held on Friday at the Stylites Arms in the village.
More than once some individual has appeared to me with such negligence of labor and such commanding contemplation, a haughty beneficiary begging in the name of God, as made good to the nineteenth century Simeon the Stylite, the Thebais, and the first Capuchins.
Christian princes and people alike goggled in true believers' wonderment at prodigies of penitential renunciation, such as Simeon Stylites, who perched for 30 years atop a 60-foot column in the Syrian waste.
Today he considers himself a global citizen, he says, but he grew up in a "little village with farmers" and was not ready for the impact of seeing archaeological wonders such as Palmyra, or the old Byzantine Church of Saint Simeon Stylites.
Simeon Stylites," the auditors' very vocal response to the speaker's performance of saintly self-abasement is what effects the transformation into sainthood that the speaker seeks.
Simeon and The Stylites, Green Monkey, Not Monsters and Fountain of Youth.
In addition to imperial magistrates and bishops, there were also legal arrangements that stood outside the church: Christian holy men, broadly understood to include local clergy, monks, and solitary stylites.
147) Their image imprinted on clay tablets, given as a blessing to the visitors and spiritual children by the Stylites of Syria, could also eliminate famines and droughts, exorcise evil spirits and relieve maladies.
Simeon Stylites, declares the following to Tom More (also the protagonist in Love in the Ruins): "It is not a question of belief or unbelief.