suttee

noun
sut·​tee | \ (ˌ)sə-ˈtē How to pronounce suttee (audio) , ˈsə-ˌtē \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of suttee

: the act or custom of a Hindu widow burning herself to death or being burned to death on the funeral pyre of her husband also : a woman burned to death in this way

First Known Use of suttee

1786, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suttee

Hindi satī wife who performs suttee, from Sanskrit, devoted woman, from feminine of sat true, good; akin to Old English sōth true — more at sooth

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“Suttee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suttee. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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