Electrocute meaning

ĭ-lĕktrə-kyo͝ot
To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock.

He was electrocuted for his crimes.

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(informal) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally.
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To execute (a person sentenced to death) by means of electricity.
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To kill with a charge of electricity; specif., to execute in the electric chair.
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To kill with electricity.

A worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.

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Origin of electrocute

  • electro– (exe)cute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Blend of electro- and execute

    From Wiktionary