Stylite meaning

stīlīt
One of a number of early Christian ascetics who lived unsheltered on the tops of high pillars.
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Any of various Christian ascetics who lived on the tops of pillars.
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(Christianity, historical) A Christian ascetic in ancient times who lived alone on top of a tall pillar.
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Origin of stylite

  • Late Greek stūlītēs from Greek stūlos pillar stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Ecclesiastical Greek στυλίτης (stulites), from Ancient Greek στῦλος (stulos, “pillar").

    From Wiktionary