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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Example sentences
First, it was said that she had died from electrocution.
Most electric fences are designed to interrupt the flow when they are touched thereby decreasing the likelihood of electrocution.
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