Electrocution vs Electrocutioner - What's the difference?

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Electrocution is a related term of electrocutioner.

As nouns the difference between electrocution and electrocutioner

is that electrocution is the accidental death or suicide by electric shock while electrocutioner is a person who carries out an execution by means of electricity.



(en noun)
  • The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
  • Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.
  • (informal, deprecated) A severe electric shock, whether fatal or not.
  • Usage notes

    Formally, the words electrocution'' and ''electrocute'' imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are sometimes used to refer to serious but ''nonfatal electric shocks''. Preferred usage is to normally reserve ''electrocution'' for fatal electric shocks, and to use ''shock'' or ''electric shock for nonfatal ones.

    See also

    * execution




    (en noun)
  • a person who carries out an execution by means of electricity
  • * U.S. Supreme Court: STATE OF LA. EX REL. FRANCIS v. RESWEBER, 329 U.S. 459 (1947) 329 U.S. 459 STATE OF LOUISIANA ex rel. FRANCIS v. RESWEBER, sheriff, et al. No. 142.
  • 'Then the electrocutioner turned on the switch and when he did Willie Francis' lips puffed out and he groaned and jumped so that the chair came off the floor. Apparently the switch was turned on twice and then the condemned man yelled: 'Take it off. Let me breath." Affidavit of official witness Harold Resweber, dated May 23, 1946.