Definition of stylite in English:

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stylite

Pronunciation: /ˈstʌɪlʌɪt/

noun

historical
An ascetic living on top of a pillar, especially in ancient or medieval Syria, Turkey, and Greece in the 5th century ad.
Example sentences
  • Watching him, I can't help but think of the stylites, fanatical Christian monks of the Middle Ages who would plant themselves atop columns in the desert and stay there for weeks and months.
  • It represents St. Simeon the stylite atop his pillar with details of his bare ribs and naked body showing.
  • But within ten months he was permitted to set out for the Holy Land, with the blessing of a nearby stylite.

Origin

Mid 17th century: from ecclesiastical Greek stulitēs, from stulos 'pillar'.

Words that rhyme with stylite

highlight, skylight, twilight

For editors and proofreaders

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