American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire.
- v. To execute (a condemned prisoner) by means of electricity.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See electricute, electricution.
- v. transitive To cause death from immediate complications resulting from electric shock.
- v. informal To inflict a severe electric shock, not necessarily fatally.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To execute or put to death by electricity.
- v. kill by electric shock
- v. kill by electrocution, as in the electric chair
- electro- + (exe)cute (Wiktionary)
- electro- + (exe)cute. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The object was to deter evildoers by surrounding the penalty with scientific horror, [Footnote: Hence also the new lingual atrocity, the word "electrocute," derived from "execute" by decapitation and the addition of "electro"] and the idea had its origin in the accidents which formerly occurred much more frequently than now.”
“Inquisitors have some powerful attacks at their command, such as electrocute, which unleashes a devastating lightning storm.”
“Also we will fly the inventor from the UK to demonstrate how best to electrocute lobsters!”
“Remember those ultra-compact USB adapters Apple recalled because they could electrocute people?”
“Hmmmm…. but I could stumble down the stairs, hit my head or trip on the couch leg. Oh no, I could electrocute myself, drown in the bathtub, die from fear of going out, talk on the phone during a lightening storm…”
“Can I be Learn To Be Your Own V.A. Johnny and chronicle my adventures here, on this blog, in between stories about how my college roommates used to electrocute pickles?”
“As many as several dozen people per day intentionally try to electrocute themselves along the rails, according to local media reports, because they believe it can cure all kinds of diseases, from diabetes to high-blood pressure to insomnia.”
“European Pressphoto Agency Dozens of Indonesians intentionally electrocute themselves on rail tracks every day, local media reports say.”
“The taser gun is legal and is often being used to electrocute "suspects" to death right on the scene.”
“Mr Vilks, who was temporarily moved to a secret location, told the Associated Press this week that he had built himself his own defence system, including a “safe room” and a barbed-wire sculpture that could electrocute potential intruders.”
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2007 Scripps National Spelling Bee Round 2
just exactly that. some of them even make me *squik*
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