verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·cut·ed, e·lec·tro·cut·ing.
- electroconvulsive therapy,
- electrode efficiency,
- electrode potential
Origin of electrocute
Examples from the Web for electrocute
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
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.Sense of Obligation|Henry Maxwell Dempsey (AKA Harry Harrison)
We electrocute the Italian and print pictures of the wheat speculator in our magazines as an example of Success.The Root of Evil|Thomas Dixon
Word Origin 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.