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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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