Adjective "sati" definition and examples

(Sati may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)

Pronunciation

/ˈsʌtiː/

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Definitions and examples

noun

A former practice in India whereby a widow threw herself on to her husband's funeral pyre.
  1. 'Her grandmother was widowed and they burned her alive in suttee, a Hindu practice the British stopped.'
  2. 'In the account of the Mughal Emperor Akbar, there is no mention of his liberal social policies, his prohibition of the slave trade and of involuntary sati.'
  3. 'Religious edicts have underpinned suicide bombings, amputations, female infanticide and genital mutilation, and the practice of suttee.'
  4. 'Women who practiced this act of sati were revered as saints and stone sati memorials exist in Rajasthan.'
  5. 'Buildings and people of various races and degrees, modes of transport on sea and land, local beliefs and customs such as sati are portrayed with commendable attention to realistic detail.'
  6. 'A society that does not shudder in shame to hear cases of sati, female infanticide and foeticide, and bride burning for dowry can hardly be expected to react to cases of rape.'
  7. 'In general, Hindu practices, and sati in particular, are repeatedly characterized as demonic in a manner similar to European witchcraft.'
  8. 'First-wave feminists also maintained a wounded attachment to sati to justify their need to be partners in the Empire as civilising agents.'
  9. 'As such, the campaigns against thuggee and suttee frequently cropped up in imperial apologetics.'
  10. 'Historical tales suggested that a woman attained both the power to give a curse and to confer a blessing in the period between her vow of sati and her death.'
  11. 'India haters highlighted everything bad about the country: sati, bride burning, human and animal sacrifices, etc.'
  12. 'There is another traditional verse celebrating five satis, chaste wives: Sati, Sita, Savitri, Damayanti and Arundhati.'
  13. 'The sati is the epitome of the obedient wife, but her burning is irredeemably barbaric.'

proper noun

The wife of Shiva, reborn as Parvati. According to some accounts, she died by throwing herself into a sacred fire.

    More definitions

    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.

    More examples(as adjective)

    "cases can be sati."

    Origin

    Hindi, from Sanskrit satī ‘faithful wife’, from sat ‘good’.