What does the word suttee mean?

Usage examples for 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 by Jules Verne
  2. The whole family can perform suttee for all I care. – The Sisters-In-Law by 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 by A.C. Seward and Others