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Meaning of SUTTEE

Pronunciation:  su'tee

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
 

SUTTEE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.

 

 See Also: self-annihilation, self-destruction, suicide

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Sut*tee"\, n. [Skr. sat[=i] 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]

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

 

 

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