suttee

Part of speech: noun

A former custom requiring a Hindu widow to immolate herself on the funeral pyre of her husband; also, the widow so immolated.

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Usage examples "suttee":

  1. Then her thoughts flew back to the suttee, and as she remarked she was still on Indian territory, she shuddered with horror. - "Round the World in Eighty Days", Jules Verne.
  2. The whole family can perform suttee for all I care. - "The Sisters-In-Law", Gertrude Atherton.
  3. Thus the Hindu practice of burning a wife upon the funeral pyre of her husband is called in English " suttee", this word being in fact but the phonetic spelling of the Sanskrit " sati", " a virtuous woman," and passing into its English meaning because formerly the practice of self- immolation by a wife was regarded as the highest virtue. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.