E*lec`tro*cu"tion (?), n.   The act of killing by electricity.

"Electrocute" and its derivative words are very widely misused and misunderstood. As Webster 1913 will confirm, to electrocute is, quite unambiguously, to kill with electricity; non-fatal zaps do not count. In fact, the "-cute" portion of the word is derived from "execute". Still, it is very common to hear such phrases as "My husband electrocuted himself on the weekend" uttered insouciantly over lunch, provoking surprisingly mild reactions in the audience.