suttee

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1786, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of suttee was in 1786

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Cite this Entry

“Suttee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suttee. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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