or sa·tī, sut·tee
- a Hindu practice whereby a widow immolates herself on the funeral pyre of her husband: now abolished by law.
- 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
- 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
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.Egyptian Tales, First Series, IVth To XIIth Dynasty
W. M. Flinders Petrie
By such a death as that alluded to, she earns the title of Sati, the "excellent."Hindu Literature