electro-cute

electrocute

[ih-lek-truh-kyoot]
verb (used with object), electrocuted, electrocuting.
1.
to kill by electricity.
2.
to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.

Origin:
1885–90, Americanism; electro- + (exe)cute

electrocution, noun
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electrocute (ɪˈlɛktrəˌkjuːt)
 
vb
1.  to kill as a result of an electric shock
2.  (US) to execute in the electric chair
 
[C19: from electro- + (exe)cute]
 
electro'cution
 
n

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electrocute
"execute by electricity," 1889, Amer.Eng., from electro- (see electric) + (exe)cute; 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; electrocution.
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