electric chair

noun

Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

Examples of electric chair in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The prosecution referred to Hains as the mastermind of the crime and proposed sending him to the electric chair for his role in it. Greg Daugherty, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2022 South Carolina lawmakers this year reauthorized firing squads as a method in addition to the electric chair after its highest court blocked the execution of prisoners who had no option besides electrocution. NBC News, 9 Apr. 2022 Stinney was 14 when he was sent to South Carolina's electric chair after a one-day trial in 1944 in connection with the killings of two white girls. CBS News, 17 June 2021 Tennessee has not conducted any executions since February 2020, when Nicholas Sutton died in the electric chair for the killing of a fellow inmate in an east Tennessee prison. NBC News, 22 Apr. 2022 The state has not conducted any executions since February 2020, when Nicholas Sutton died in the electric chair for the killing of a fellow inmate in an east Tennessee prison. CBS News, 21 Apr. 2022 By law, Moore will be asked to choose his method of execution – either the electric chair or firing squad – 2 weeks before execution day, according to the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). Bradford Betz, Fox News, 8 Apr. 2022 That scoop puts Kasady in line for the electric chair, until the symbiote (increasingly unhappy with Brock as host) fuses with Kasady, with much stronger and more destructive results. Peter Debruge, Variety, 30 Sep. 2021 An all-white jury found her guilty of first degree murder, and she was sentenced to the electric chair. Arielle Gray, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of electric chair

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of electric chair was in 1883

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7 May 2022

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“Electric chair.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/electric%20chair. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for electric chair

electric chair

noun
elec·​tric chair

Legal Definition of electric chair

1 : a chair used in performing a legal electrocution
2 : the penalty of death by electrocution

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