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suttee

[suh-tee, suht-ee] /sʌˈti, ˈsʌt i/
noun
1.
sati.
Related forms
sutteeism, noun
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  • suttee says all the river needed to complete its recuperation was a helping hand from local people.
British Dictionary definitions for suttee

suttee

/sʌˈtiː; ˈsʌtiː/
noun
1.
the former Hindu custom whereby a widow burnt herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
2.
a Hindu widow who immolated herself in this way
Derived Forms
sutteeism, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit satī virtuous woman, from sat good
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Word Origin and History for suttee
n.

"self-cremation of a Hindu widow on her husband's funeral pyre," 1786, from Hindi, from Sanskrit sati "virtuous woman," fem. of sat "good, wise," literally "existing," present participle of asmi "I am" (cognate with Latin esse; see essence). Properly, the word for the woman who does so. The custom was abolished in British India in 1829.

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