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sut·tee

also sa·ti  (sŭ-tē′, sŭt′ē′)
n.
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.]
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suttee

(sʌˈtiː; ˈsʌtiː)
n
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
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sut•tee

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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suttee

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
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suttee

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.
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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 - the act of killing yourself; "it is a crime to commit suicide"
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Sir Francis watched the procession with a sad countenance, and, turning to the guide, said, "A suttee."
Phileas Fogg had heard what Sir Francis said, and, as soon as the procession had disappeared, asked: "What is 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."
When I was doing research in India, there was plenty of unpublished archival testimony of figures such as suttees, the paradigmatic subaltern females that Spivak evokes.
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