- to kill by electricity.
- to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.
Origin of electrocute
Related Words for electrocutionhit, hanging, crucifixion, shooting, punishment, strangulation, electrocution, gassing, impalement, decapitation
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Contemporary Examples of electrocution
Some of the stuff has been so shoddy and so sloppy that our soldiers are over there dying in the shower from electrocution.Ron Paul Dons 9/11 Truther Tin Foil
August 31, 2014
Historical Examples of electrocution
But there won't be any electrocution, Allen; no, there cannot be.
"But the electrocution was not to be until morning," she said.
"I'm not planning to end my days by electrocution," smiled Bob.Walter and the Wireless
Sara Ware Bassett
He was tried speedily, sentenced to electrocution, and executed October 28.Poems of American History
There are three men sentenced to electrocution in September and October.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love
Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
- to kill as a result of an electric shock
- US to execute in the electric chair
Word Origin for electrocute
Word Origin and History for electrocution
"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.