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plural perps
: a perpetrator especially of a crime see also perp walk


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Examples of perp in a Sentence

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Many of them keep an eye out for criminal proceedings where the perp used your data. PCMAG, 15 May 2024 At one point, Pomerantz even entertained the idea of treating Cohen and Trump’s payment to Daniels as an act of extortion by the adult-film actress—a way of painting Trump as both victim and perp in the same case. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, 14 Apr. 2024 Evelyn wants to understand how this perp, who uses a wheelchair, arrived at this moment in his life. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2024 In Unbreakable, Bruce Willis’ character could see visions of someone’s past misdeeds, and M. Night Shyamalan drained the color out of those high-angle, surveillance-like sequences, except for the perp’s clothing. Brian Davids, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 When Badolato got to the scene, the body was still warm, and the perp’s head was resting on a bag of cookies. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 4 Jan. 2024 Though difficult to watch, there’s an undercurrent of hope as authorities try to catch a perp who is not unlike the bogeyman, hiding in the dark and waiting for his chance to take his victims. Eric Farwell,, 13 Dec. 2023 The partners followed the case to Ohio, where Benson took her first-ever bullet to the hip in a diner and wound up in urgent care while the joint-team successfully caught their perp. Alex Ross, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2023 The alleged perp, a deranged man, should if guilty suffer the full force of the law. Daniel Foster, National Review, 30 Nov. 2023

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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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“Perp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition


: a perpetrator of a crime

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