electrocute
transitive verb (-cuted; -cuting) Etymology: electr- + -cute (as in execute) Date: 1889 1. to execute (a criminal) by electricity 2. to kill by electric shock • electrocution noun

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  • Electrocute — Bei einem Live Auftritt (Februar 2008) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Electrocute — E*lec tro*cute , v. t. [Electro + cute in execute.] To execute or put to death by electricity. {E*lec tro*cu tion}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • électrocuté — ● électrocuté, électrocutée nom Personne qui a subi une électrocution …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • electrocute — elec·tro·cute vt cut·ed, cut·ing [electro , combining form meaning “electric” + exe cute]: to execute (a convicted criminal) by electricity elec·tro·cu·tion n Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • electrocute — execute by electricity, 1889, Amer.Eng., from ELECTRO (Cf. electro ) + back half of EXECUTE (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • electrocute — ► VERB ▪ injure or kill by electric shock. DERIVATIVES electrocution noun …   English terms dictionary

  • electrocute — ☆ electrocute [ē lek′trə kyo͞ot΄, ilek′trə kyo͞ot΄ ] vt. electrocuted, electrocuting [ ELECTRO + (EXE)CUTE] to kill with a charge of electricity; specif., to execute in the electric chair electrocution n …   English World dictionary

  • electrocute — UK [ɪˈlektrəˌkjuːt] / US [ɪˈlektrəˌkjut] verb [transitive] Word forms electrocute : present tense I/you/we/they electrocute he/she/it electrocutes present participle electrocuting past tense electrocuted past participle electrocuted to kill or… …   English dictionary

  • electrocute — electrocution, n. /i lek treuh kyooht /, v.t., electrocuted, electrocuting. 1. to kill by electricity. 2. to execute (a criminal) by electricity, as in an electric chair. [1885 90, Amer.; ELECTRO + (EXE)CUTE] * * * …   Universalium

  • electrocute — verb a) To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock. He was electrocuted for his crimes. b) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally. See Also: electrocution …   Wiktionary

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