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stylite

[ stahy-lahyt ]
/ ˈstaɪ laɪt /
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noun Ecclesiastical History.

one of a class of solitary ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.

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Origin of stylite

1630–40; <Late Greek stȳlī́tēs, equivalent to stŷl(os) pillar + -itēs-ite1

OTHER WORDS FROM stylite

sty·lit·ic [stahy-lit-ik], /staɪˈlɪt ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for stylite

  • A Stylite might have contented himself there; Gilliatt, more luxurious in his requirements, wanted something more commodious.

    Toilers of the Sea|Victor Hugo
  • This old monk was St. Luke the Stylite, appearing in vision.

  • He stopped, some paces from the column, and began to examine the stylite, wiping his face meanwhile with the skirt of his toga.

    Thais|Anatole France
  • Simeon the Stylite comes down from his pillar-top, and chaffers in the market-place with common folks.

British Dictionary definitions for stylite

stylite
/ (ˈstaɪlaɪt) /

noun

Christianity one of a class of recluses who in ancient times lived on the top of high pillars

Derived forms of stylite

stylitic (staɪˈlɪtɪk), adjective

Word Origin for stylite

C17: from Late Greek stulitēs, from Greek stulos a pillar
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