Definition of Electrocute

1. Verb. Kill by electric shock. "She dropped the hair dryer into the bathtub and was instantly electrocuted"

Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Electrocution



2. Verb. Kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair. "They want to electrocute the prisoners "; "The serial killer was electrocuted"
Exact synonyms: Fry
Generic synonyms: Kill
Derivative terms: Electrocution

Definition of Electrocute

1. v. t. To execute or put to death by electricity. -- E*lec`tro*cu"tion, n. [Recent; Newspaper words]

Definition of Electrocute

1. Verb. (transitive) To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock. ¹

2. Verb. (informal) To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Electrocute

1. [v -CUTED, -CUTING, -CUTES]

Medical Definition of Electrocute

1. To execute or put to death by electricity. Electrocu"tion. Origin: Recent; Newspaper words. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Electrocute

electrocoalescence
electrocoating
electrocochleogram
electrocochleography
electroconductivity
electrocontractile
electrocontractility
electroconvection
electroconvulsive
electroconvulsive therapy
electrocortical
electrocorticogram
electrocorticographic
electrocorticography
electrocouplings
electrocute (current term)
electrocuted
electrocutes
electrocuting
electrocution
electrocutioner
electrocutioners
electrocutions
electrocyclic
electrocyclization
electrocyclizations
electrocystography
electrocyte
electrode
electrode catheter ablation

Literary usage of Electrocute

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1. Elements of Rhetoric and English Composition: First High School Course by George Rice Carpenter (1905)
"electrocute, a word of very recent origin, has not come into very general favor, partly on account of its false derivation ;1 but if the method of capital ..."

2. Words and Their Ways in English Speech by James Bradstreet Greenough, George Lyman Kittredge (1901)
"Good or bad, electrocute is a highly instructive phenomenon in half a dozen ways. Electro- is the stem of the Greek ..."

3. Inventing a Classroom: Life in a Bilingual, Whole Language Learning Community by Kathryn F. Whitmore, Caryl G. Crowell (1994)
"Aaron continues, "Either starvation 'cause they know the fence is electrocute, will electrocute you." All the children are involved in the discussion by ..."

4. Italian Fantasies by Israel Zangwill (1910)
"Perhaps your very Inquisition will make some concession to science and the age, and electrocute instead of burning. But though ye burn me or electrocute, ..."

5. Elementary English Composition by Joseph Villiers Denney, Fred Newton Scott (1902)
"electrocute. electrocute is highly offensive to many persons. On this account it is better to avoid it. To execute will, in most cases, answer the same ..."

6. The Dead Have Never Died by Edward Caleb Randall (1917)
"What right have we as a people to electrocute one who has committed murder? The life of every individual comes from God and though it may have strayed far ..."

7. The Worth of Words by Ralcy Husted Bell (1903)
"electrocute electrocute is a monstrosity that was cobbled together from the first part of electric and the last part of execute. ..."

8. Composition and Rhetoric by Charles Swain Thomas, Will David Howe (1908)
"Is the word electrocute to be accepted ? As long as he remains in doubt in regard to these words and scores of others, the young writer should refuse to use ..."

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