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[ih-lek-truh-kyoot] /ɪˈlɛk trəˌkyut/
verb (used with object), electrocuted, electrocuting.
to kill by electricity.
to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair.
1885-90, Americanism; electro- + (exe)cute
Related forms
electrocution, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for electrocuted
  • Many more persons have been electrocuted than ever died form radiation poisoning.
  • Without it, someone touching the box could be electrocuted.
  • People being electrocuted appear to experience pain.
  • But probably something went wrong, pulled the wings together at the wrong time and got electrocuted.
  • The slowest player is electrocuted and does not get any cake.
  • Subsequent reports have suggested he was electrocuted or strangled.
  • Took a long time to chew it off and the mouse, because there was no body, didn't get electrocuted.
  • The insulation has nothing to do with the bird not getting electrocuted.
  • In connecting the ballast wires to the energized wires, worker received a fatal electrical shock and was electrocuted.
British Dictionary definitions for electrocuted


verb (transitive)
to kill as a result of an electric shock
(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 electrocuted



"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.

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