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  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Pillar-saint a person in the early church who crucified the flesh by living on the summit of pillars in the open air, a stylite
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. piler (Fr. pilier)—Low L. pilare—L. pīla, a pillar.


In literature:

Do you take me for a saint on a pillar?
"House of Mirth" by Edith Wharton
Rather will I be a pillar-saint than a whirl of vengeance!
"Thus Spake Zarathustra A Book for All and None" by Friedrich Nietzsche
The days passed, and the saint still lived on his pillar.
"Thais" by Anatole France
Like Saint Simeon Stylites on a pillar.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
SIMEON STYLITES, famous as one of the PILLAR SAINTS (q. v.).
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Hence, he is called Simeon Stylites, or Simeon the Pillar Saint.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
The Church of Saint Margaret looked forth with a small, white-pillared face, from a grove of oaks.
"Lewis Rand" by Mary Johnston
Maybe he was a saint of the first water, and maybe he was a pillar of the church that ran a building society.
"A Voyage of Consolation" by Sara Jeannette Duncan
Saint James, the Champion of Spain, on parting from his comrades at the brazen pillar, took ship, and was wrecked on the coast of Sicily.
"The Seven Champions of Christendom" by W. H. G. Kingston
The richly painted roof is supported by massive square pillars, covered with pictures of saints, as is the pulpit.
"Fred Markham in Russia" by W. H. G. Kingston
Hobkirk being a pillar of the church, deemed it necessary when he took his walks abroad to hang his head in saintly humility.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Otherwise, Mrs. Golden had the unselfishness of a saint on a marble pillar.
"The Job" by Sinclair Lewis
The greatest miracles, in my eyes, were the saints of the pillars, who never sat down.
"Black Forest Village Stories" by Berthold Auerbach
Christian anchorites, Flagellants, pillar-saints, and ascetics of every kind?
"Through Night to Light" by Friedrich Spielhagen
Fehrendorf painted me as a pillar saint.
"The Awakening of Spring" by Frank Wedekind
On the pillars were figures of the saint who had founded the monastery.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
According to legend a pillar-saint lived on it for twenty years.
"Constantinople" by William Holden Hutton