Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In the past) an ascetic who lived on top of a pillar.
- There were the pillarists, like Simeon Stylites, who displayed his asceticism, his privations and penitences high above the market place for all eyes to see.
- It delights and illuminates like the words of a pillarist hermit depositing wisdom from a secluded scenic mountaintop.
- One might have supposed that the column and colossus of St. Carlo Borromeo had been suggested by these Pillarists.
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