noun (plural satis or suttees)[mass noun]
1The former Hindu practice of a widow throwing herself on to her husband’s funeral pyre.
- Her grandmother was widowed and they burned her alive in suttee, a Hindu practice the British stopped.
- In general, Hindu practices, and sati in particular, are repeatedly characterized as demonic in a manner similar to European witchcraft.
- To explain the weakness of such a position I used to ask them whether the British authorities in India were justified in banning the practice of suttee, where a widow was immolated on the funeral pyre of her husband.
1.1 [count noun] A widow who committed sati.
- There is another traditional verse celebrating five satis, chaste wives: Sati, Sita, Savitri, Damayanti and Arundhati.
- Instances abound in our social, political and cultural history where nation mothers, Partition victims, satis or even simple housewives tend to stimulate a role-playing among men to become protectors, devotees and wage earners.
- The sati is the epitome of the obedient wife, but her burning is irredeemably barbaric.
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