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or sa·tī, sut·tee

[suh-tee, suht-ee]
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  1. a Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the funeral pyre of her husband: now abolished by law.
  2. a Hindu widow who so immolates herself.

Origin of sati

First recorded in 1780–90, sati is from the Sanskrit word satī good woman, woman devoted to her husband


or Sa·tī

[suh-tee, suht-ee]
noun Hindu Mythology.
  1. the wife of Rudra, who immolated herself following a quarrel between her father and her husband.
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Examples from the Web for sati

Historical Examples

  • Hear the description of a Sati, given by a Hindu, the subject of which was his own aunt.

    India, Its Life and Thought

    John P. Jones

  • I saw men of the Sati, and one of them—a friend unto Egypt—knew me.

  • As Sati, Shiva's wife is the ideal of a true and virtuous Hindu woman.

    Indian Myth and Legend

    Donald Alexander Mackenzie

  • Here in his extremity he was found by the Sati or Asiatics, and rescued.

  • By such a death as that alluded to, she earns the title of Sati, the "excellent."

    Hindu Literature

    Epiphanius Wilson