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Definition of perp

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: a perpetrator especially of a crime

Definition of perp (Entry 2 of 2)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun That's not because that person definitely didn’t do it, but because the case has centered around the same possible perp for literally 20 years and there’s clearly not enough evidence to charge him or her. Amber Hunt, The Enquirer, "Backstory: Despite indictment promises, 35-year-old Middletown slaying still unsolved," 3 July 2020 Garbus retraces McNamara’s steps, beginning with a horrific string of attacks in late-’70s Sacramento by a perp then known as the East Area Rapist, who preyed on women and teen girls in their homes. Judy Berman, Time, "I'll Be Gone in the Dark," 23 June 2020 There seemed to be a dozen men who fit the role of perp. Jason Parham, Wired, "I Played a ‘Perp’ on a Popular TV Show—Except It Wasn’t Me," 12 Mar. 2020 Weinstein, once a powerful film producer, was arrested in May 2018 and appeared in precinct-to-courthouse perp-walk footage seen around the world. Shayna Jacobs, Washington Post, "Judge threatens prospective Weinstein juror with jail for tweeting about the case," 16 Jan. 2020 And of course, there’s Danny (Donnie Wahlberg) and Baez (Marisa Ramirez) trying to uncover who’s behind a string of ambulance robberies, while Erin is agonizing over putting a violent perp behind bars after he was found not guilty. Erin Cavoto, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Hints the First New Episode of 2020 Will Be Very Intense," 30 Dec. 2019 The perp was hiding in a paper recycling plant in Calgary, Alberta. Author: Amanda Coletta, Anchorage Daily News, "Alberta, Canada: Rat-free for 70 years," 28 Sep. 2019 But thankfully the only injury suffered was to the pride of the wannabe perp. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Tainted: Theft of Grandpa’s handmade seat cushion at Twins game was a low blow," 14 Sep. 2019 Notably absent from his long list of perps are trial lawyers, the preferred bugaboo of the right. Seth Stern, Washington Post, "A venture capitalist’s solutions for our troubled legal system," 7 June 2019

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1968, in the meaning defined above

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“Perp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of perp

US slang : a person who commits a crime or does something wrong


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Legal Definition of perp

: a perpetrator of a crime

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