Definition of pillarist in English:



  • (in the past) an ascetic who lived on top of a pillar.

    • ‘The starting points were all the mad men in the sun, those desert fathers and pillarists, the strange, demented visionaries who were laughed at.’
    • ‘Here dwelt the Pillarists as in the Monastery of St. Simeon Stylites.’
    • ‘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.’
    abstainer, recluse, hermit, solitary, anchorite, anchoress, desert saint, celibate, puritan, nun, monk
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