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stylite

[stahy-lahyt] /ˈstaɪ laɪt/
noun, Ecclesiastical History
1.
one of a class of solitary ascetics who lived on the top of high pillars or columns.
Origin of stylite
1630-1640
1630-40; < Late Greek stȳlī́tēs, equivalent to stŷl(os) pillar + -itēs -ite1
Related forms
stylitic
[stahy-lit-ik] /staɪˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stylite

stylite

/ˈstaɪlaɪt/
noun
1.
(Christianity) one of a class of recluses who in ancient times lived on the top of high pillars
Derived Forms
stylitic (staɪˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Late Greek stulitēs, from Greek stulos a pillar
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Word Origin and History for stylite
n.

ascetic living on the top of a pillar, 1630s, from Ecclesiastical Greek stylites, from stylos "pillar" (see stet).

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