suttee

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit सती (satī, good and virtuous or faithful wife), from सत् (sat, true, good, right etc.). In English usage since 1786.

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suttee (countable and uncountable, plural suttees)

  1. 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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