stylitism


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sty·lite

 (stī′līt′)
n.
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.

stylitism

(ˈstaɪlaɪˌtɪzəm)
n
the practice of being a stylite