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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)
References in classic literature ?
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.
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.
The legendary practitioners of these arts--Antony, Evagrius Ponticus, Pachommius, Symeon the Stylite and others--inspired thousands of followers to seek God in remote regions of Egypt, Syria, and Palestine.
While this choice was sometimes carried to extremes, as in the case of Simeon the Stylite who famously lived atop a pillar for 37 years, other figures like Basil of Caesarea took a more common-sense approach.
The main source for this later siege is Procopius, with additional material in the chronicles of Pseudo-Joshua the Stylite and Pseudo-Zachariah of Mytilene.
In the same way that MuratpaE-a both was and wasn't GE[micro]reme, so the Valley of the Saints was and wasn't PaE-abay-, the settlement on the way to the Zelve Open Air Museum that is popular with tourists for its triple-headed fairy chimney rock formations and the stories linking it to the stylite saints, extraordinary individuals who passed long periods of their lives perched on top of pillars in search of greater union with God.
112) Miraculous properties were associated with the image of the emperor, as in the case of story told by John the Stylite about the miracle associated with the statue of the emperor at Edessa in 496.
Saint Simeon is called the Stylite because he was famous for sitting on a platform over a pillar near Aleppo, where a historical church bearing his name stands to this day, known as Simeon's Fortress and also Simeon's Monastery.
As such, an editorial styled by ADR and starring Renn should be something we're really into," the New York Daily News quoted criticsbehind the fashion site Stylite as saying.