AskDefine | Define electrocution

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electrocution

Noun

1 execution by electricity [syn: burning]
2 killing by electric shock

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Etymology

Noun

  1. The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
  2. Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.

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Extensive Definition

The term electrocution can mean either:
Electrocution is also frequently used to incorrectly refer to a non-fatal electric shock.

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

beheading, burning, capital punishment, crucifixion, decapitation, decollation, defenestration, execution, fusillade, garrote, gassing, hanging, hemlock, judicial murder, lapidation, necktie party, poisoning, shooting, stoning, strangling, strangulation, the ax, the block, the chair, the gallows, the gas chamber, the guillotine, the hot seat, the rope
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