Suttee meaning

sŭ-tē', sŭt'ē'
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.
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A widow who commits such an act.
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A Hindu widow who allowed herself to be cremated alive on the funeral pyre of her husband's body.
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The former Hindu custom of such self-immolation.
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The custom and/or act of a Hindu woman giving herself up to be cremated on her husband's funeral pyre as a sign of her devotion to her late spouse.
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Origin of suttee

  • Sanskrit satī virtuous woman, suttee from feminine present participle of asti, s- she is, is true es- in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Sanskrit सती (satī́, “good and virtuous or faithful wife"), from सत् (sát, “true, good, right etc."). In English usage since 1786.
    From Wiktionary