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electric chair

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noun
  1. a chair used to electrocute criminals sentenced to death.
  2. the penalty of legal electrocution.
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Origin of electric chair

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75
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Historical Examples of electric chair

  • He broke off, with a wave of his hand toward the man who had just sentenced himself to death in the electric-chair.

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    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun (in the US)
    1. an electrified chair for executing criminals
    2. the electric chairexecution by this method
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