electrocute

[ ih-lek-truh-kyoot ]
/ ɪˈlɛk trəˌkyut /

verb (used with object), e·lec·tro·cut·ed, e·lec·tro·cut·ing.

to kill by electricity.
to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.

Origin of electrocute

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; electro- + (exe)cute

Related forms

e·lec·tro·cu·tion, noun
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electrocute

/ (ɪˈlɛktrəˌkjuːt) /

verb (tr)

to kill as a result of an electric shock
US to execute in the electric chair

Derived Forms

electrocution, noun

Word Origin for electrocute

C19: from electro- + (exe)cute
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