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sati

or sa·tī, sut·tee

[suh-tee, suht-ee]
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noun
  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

Sati

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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