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Variant of suttee.
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a funeral ritual in which a Hindu widow who offers herself on the funeral pile alongside her husband's bodya Hindu widow who offers herself on the funeral pile alongside her husband's body
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or sa•ti(sʌˈti, ˈsʌt i)
n., pl. -tees or -tis.
1. the self-immolation of a Hindu widow on the funeral pyre of her husband: now proscribed by law in India.
2. a widow who so immolates herself.
[1780–90; < Skt satī good woman, woman devoted to her husband]
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