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electrocute Syllabification: e·lec·tro·cute
Pronunciation: /əˈlektrəˌkyo͞ot/

Definition of electrocute in English:


[with object]
1Injure or kill someone by electric shock: a man was electrocuted when he switched on the Christmas tree lights
More example sentences
  • But if someone just says his washing machine is a bad one, you don't know yet whether it tears the clothes into strips or soaks them in oily water or just doesn't move at all when you switch on, or electrocutes the children when they go near it.
  • Simultaneously, shivers thundered up his spine as if electrocuting him.
  • The principal electrical inspector at Health and Safety Executive, who investigated the incident said: ‘A fraction of an amp is all that is needed to electrocute you.’
1.1Execute (a convicted criminal) by means of the electric chair.
Example sentences
  • Nevertheless, he was convicted and electrocuted.
  • And somehow, we feel as guilty as if that picture of the prisoner being forced to pose as if he were getting electrocuted showed him really getting electrocuted.
  • He died in 1941, electrocuted in a prison for the contract murder of a small time thug.


Late 19th century: from electro-, on the pattern of execute.

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