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also sa·ti  (sŭ-tē′, sŭt′ē′)
1. The now illegal act or practice of a Hindu widow's cremating herself on her husband's funeral pyre in order to fulfill her true role as wife.
2. pl. sut·tees also sa·tis A widow who commits such an act.

[Sanskrit satī, virtuous woman, suttee, from feminine present participle of asti, s-, she is, is true; see es- in Indo-European roots.]


(sʌˈtiː; ˈsʌtiː)
1. (Hinduism) the former Hindu custom whereby a widow burnt herself to death on her husband's funeral pyre
2. (Hinduism) a Hindu widow who immolated herself in this way
[C18: from Sanskrit satī virtuous woman, from sat good]
sutˈteeism n


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]


1. the suicide of a Hindu widow by immolation on the funeral pyre of her husband.
2. a Hindu widow who died by suttee.
See also: Killing


A Hindu practice by which a widow immolated herself on her husband’s funeral pyre. The British tried to stamp out the custom from 1829 with limited success.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.suttee - the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
References in classic literature ?
Sir Francis watched the procession with a sad countenance, and, turning to the guide, said, "A suttee.
A suttee," returned the general, "is a human sacrifice, but a voluntary one.
Indeed it was: I had as good a right to die when my time came as he had: but I should bide that time, and not be hurried away in a suttee.
His unwearied labour to promote the social, moral and physical condition of the people of India, his earnest endeavours to suppress idolatry and the rite of suttee and his constant zealous advocacy of whatever tended to advance the glory of God and the welfare of man live in the grateful remembrance of his countrymen.
On the other hand, one cannot take social norms too far, at least not in a libertarian analysis, since suttee, the practice of throwing unwilling widows onto funeral pyres was for many years a common occurrence in India, and, yet, certainly, incompatible with the free society.
Consider foot-binding in China, suttee in India (the custom of a widow committing suicide on her husband's funeral pyre) or slavery in our country.
43) In Bengal (where the VOC had an office at Hooghly), he witnessed a suttee (sati): "a woman, who stepped into the fire to be burned alive, after the death of her husband.
There are good traditions, bad traditions pilloried in such famous literary stories as Franz Kafka's "In the Penal Colony" and Shirley Jackson's "The Lottery," bad traditions that are historical realities such as cannibalism, foot-binding, and suttee, and traditions that from a public-policy standpoint are neither good nor bad (such as trick-or-treating on Halloween).
the untouchables) from economic exploitation and Mughal-level taxation, the subcontinent from Russian, Pashtun, or Japanese incursions, the people from barbaric practices such as thuggee (the murder of travelers) and suttee (the practice of burning wives on their husband's funeral pyre), and the minority Muslims from the majority Hindus, all the while using the then-incomparable power of the Royal Navy to keep global trading routes open.
However, some cultures celebrate--among other horrors too numerous to mention--human sacrifice, suttee, cannibalism, and slavery.
Male child circumcision, like other once-accepted practices such as slavery, suttee, and arranged marriage before it, is a dated practice unfit for a truly free society and should therefore be abolished in the legal code and from modern religious practices.
La palabra se anglinizo a suttee, y es el rito de autoinmulacion de las viudas en la tumba funeraria de sus maridos.