suttee

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noun sut·tee \(ˌ)sə-ˈtē, ˈsə-ˌtē\
variants: or less commonly

Definition of suttee

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 1786


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