- to kill by electricity.
- to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.
Origin of electrocute
Examples from the Web for electrocute
The man in the control room had frustrated the attempt to electrocute us.Spacewrecked on Venus
Neil R. Jones
And if you make any sudden moves you are liable to break a phone, electrocute yourself, or choke to death.Planet of the Damned
I've gone through horrors, and the secrets I know could put dozens of people in prison, if not electrocute them.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
If the victim dies, please find out for me whether they behead, hang, or electrocute in Japan for capital punishment.A Yankee in the Far East
George Hoyt Allen
And if you make any sudden moves you are liable to break a phone, electrocute yourself or choke to death.Sense of Obligation
Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
- to kill as a result of an electric shock
- US to execute in the electric chair
Word Origin and History for electrocute
"execute by electricity," 1889, American English, from electro- + back half of execute. The method first was used Aug. 6, 1890, in New York state, on William Kemmler, convicted of the murder of his common-law wife. Sense involving accidental death is first recorded 1909. Electric chair is also first recorded 1889, which is when the first one was introduced in New York state as a humane alternative to hanging. Related: Electrocuted; electrocuting.