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electrocute

[ih-lek-truh-kyoot] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌkyut/
verb (used with object), electrocuted, electrocuting.
1.
to kill by electricity.
2.
to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90, Americanism; electro- + (exe)cute
Related forms
electrocution, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for electro-cute

electrocute

/ɪˈlɛktrəˌkjuːt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to kill as a result of an electric shock
2.
(US) to execute in the electric chair
Derived Forms
electrocution, noun
Word Origin
C19: from electro- + (exe)cute
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Word Origin and History for electro-cute
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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