- a Hindu widow who allowed herself to be cremated alive on the funeral pyre of her husband's body
- the former Hindu custom of such self-immolation
Origin of sutteeHindi satt? from Sanskrit sat?, chaste and virtuous wife from sat, good, pure, present participle of as, to be: for Indo-European base see is
- The now illegal act or practice of a Hindu widow's cremating herself on her husband's funeral pyre in order to fulfill her true role as wife.
- pl. sut·tees, also sa·tis A widow who commits such an act.
Origin of sutteeSanskrit satī virtuous woman, suttee from feminine present participle of asti, s- she is, is true ; see es- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural suttees)
From Sanskrit à¤¸à¤¤à¥€ (satÄ«Ì, “good and virtuous or faithful wife"), from à¤¸à¤¤à¥ (sÃ¡t, “true, good, right etc."). In English usage since 1786.