Sut*tee" (?), n. [Skr. sati a faithful wife, fem. of sant existing, real, true, good, p.pr. of as to be. Cf. Sooth.]

1.

A Hindoo widow who immolates herself, or is immolated, on the funeral pile of her husband; -- so called because this act of self-immolation is regarded as envincing excellence of wifely character.

[India]

2.

The act of burning a widow on the funeral pile of her husband.

[India]

⇒ The practice, though abolished in British India law in 1829, is not wholly prevented.

 

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