Origin of electrocuteelectro- + (exe)cute
transitive verbe·lec·tro·cut·ed, e·lec·tro·cut·ing, e·lec·tro·cutes
- To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
- To execute (a person sentenced to death) by means of electricity.
Origin of electrocuteelectro– + (exe)cute.
(third-person singular simple present electrocutes, present participle electrocuting, simple past and past participle electrocuted)
- To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock.
- He was electrocuted for his crimes.
- (informal) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally.
Formally, the words electrocute and electrocution always imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are rather often used to refer to serious but nonfatal electric shocks. Strictly correct usage is to reserve electrocute and electrocution for fatal electric shocks, and to use shock or electric shock for nonfatal ones.
Blend of electro- and execute