perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Definition of perpetrate 

transitive verb

1 : to bring about or carry out (something, such as a crime or deception) : commit

2 : to produce, perform, or execute (something likened to a crime) perpetrate a pun

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Other Words from perpetrate

perpetration \ ˌpər-​pə-​ˈtrā-​shən \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər \ noun

Examples of perpetrate in a Sentence

The men were planning to perpetrate a robbery. The attack was perpetrated by a street gang. He vowed revenge for the crime perpetrated on his family.
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The worst anti-Semitic acts in history had been either perpetrated by governments or implicitly sanctioned by them. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "My Jewish wedding was the day of the Pittsburgh shooting. Anti-Semites threatened it.," 2 Nov. 2018 Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Sen. Mazie Hirono Has a Very Direct Message for Men: 'Just Shut Up and Step Up'," 19 Sep. 2018 Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions? Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Senator Mazie Hirono Said Men Should "Shut Up and Step Up" on Sexual Misconduct in Light of Kavanaugh Allegation," 19 Sep. 2018 In the memo, the prosecutors noted a nationwide outcry that the criminal justice system hold accountable privileged young men who perpetrate rapes on college campuses. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawmakers call 3-year sentence for Alec Cook's sex crimes lenient for "men with privilege"," 26 June 2018 Beyond that, while reported rapes are typically perpetrated by someone the victim knows, that's not the case for Native women. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Trump Made Light of #MeToo and Used a Racial Slur at a Recent Rally," 6 July 2018 Its stories are riveting and revealing, but the book omits all the good stories of trans kids who escape some of the psychic terror that previous generations have endured, and perpetrates the bigoted idea that trans people are mentally ill. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "If We Want to End the Border Crisis, It’s Time to Give Trump His Wall," 22 June 2018 China’s Intellectual Property Practices The U.S. Trade Representative in March concluded an investigation into China’s intellectual-property practices, finding the country perpetrated widespread abuses. Josh Zumbrun, WSJ, "As Trump Talks Tough on Trade, Worries Mount Over Lack of Action," 28 May 2018 But the kind of violence President Jackson and his allies perpetrated isn’t just an ugly chapter in a history book. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Elizabeth Warren Hits Back at Trump's 'Pocahontas' Name-Calling in Speech to Native Americans," 14 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of perpetrate

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for perpetrate

Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare, from per- through + patrare to accomplish, from pater father — more at father

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More Definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perpetrate

: to do (something that is illegal or wrong)

perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Kids Definition of perpetrate

: to bring about or carry out : commit Thieves perpetrated the crime.

Other Words from perpetrate

perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər \ noun

perpetrate

transitive verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt \
perpetrated; perpetrating

Legal Definition of perpetrate 

: to carry out or bring about (as a crime)

Other Words from perpetrate

perpetration \ ˌpər-​pə-​ˈtrā-​shən \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər \ noun

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