suttee

[suh-tee, suht-ee]
noun

sutteeism, noun
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suttee (sʌˈtiː, ˈsʌtiː)
 
n
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
 
[C18: from Sanskrit satī virtuous woman, from sat good]
 
sut'teeism
 
n

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suttee
"self-cremation of a Hindu widow on her husband's funeral pyre," 1786, from Hindi, from Skt. sati "virtuous woman," fem. of sat "good, wise," lit. "existing," prp. of asmi "I am" (cognate with L. 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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Suttee says all the river needed to complete its recuperation was a helping hand from local people.
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