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: a perpetrator especially of a crime


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Example Sentences

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No perp walk resulted from allegations presented to the unit, including that aerial objects flipped votes; that election workers scrubbed hard drives; and that satellites under the control of the Italian military penetrated vote-counting machines. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez And Isaac Stanley-becker, Anchorage Daily News, 22 Feb. 2023 Police could one day comb security camera footage and identify a perp by how his voice gonged against a glass of water. Sarah Scoles, Discover Magazine, 25 Nov. 2014 Reporters gathered outside an N.Y.P.D. precinct house in Chinatown, where Abdullah had been taken for a perp walk. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Jan. 2023 When Huffman finally did show up and stepped out of her vehicle, accompanied by her husband William Macy and a clutch of lawyers, the twenty-yard walk to the entrance of the courthouse was like a red carpet perp walk. Nicole Laporte, Town & Country, 4 Jan. 2023 Thanks to a group at the University of Dundee in the UK, that’s enough information to positively ID the perp. Nayanah Siva, Discover Magazine, 12 May 2017 Forty-eight hours later, Flora’s perp had a name: Streptococcus intermedius, an agent that normally lives in the mouth and intestine. Claire Panosian Dunavan, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2020 The Patriots, never too timid to take on problem children, have been mercifully absent perp walks of late. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 12 Nov. 2022 Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to bother Present, who’s touched by Kimberly’s personal reflections and surprised to discover she’s the first person other than a perp who can actually see and hear him. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1968, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of perp was in 1968

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Cite this Entry

“Perp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Legal Definition


: a perpetrator of a crime

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