electrocute etymology

English word electrocute comes from English execute, English electro-

Detailed word origin of electrocute

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
execute English (eng) (transitive) To carry out; to put into effect.. (transitive) To cause to become legally valid. (transitive) To kill as punishment for capital crimes.. (transitive) To perform.. (transitive, computing) To start, launch or run.
electro- English (eng) (music) electronic and/or incorporating elements of electro(-funk). Electricity or electrical.
electrocute English (eng) (transitive) To kill by electric shock.. (transitive, proscribed, informal) To inflict a severe electric shock (not necessarily fatal) upon.

Words with the same origin as electrocute

Descendants of execute
executability executable executrix executry
Descendants of electro-
NEMS electroaxonography electrobiology electrocardiogram electrochemical electroconvection electroconvulsive electrodialyze electroencephalogram electroformed electrolysis electromagnet electromagnetism electronegative electroneutrality electronystagmography electrorheology electroshock electrothermy electrotransferred electrotransformation electrowinning electrowon gravitoelectromagnetism