perpetrate

verb

per·​pe·​trate ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio)
perpetrated; perpetrating

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
perpetration noun
perpetrator noun

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Bankman-Fried denied trying to perpetrate a fraud, while acknowledging many errors at the helm of the company. Susanne Barton, Fortune, 4 Dec. 2022 The disgraced founder of the bankrupt FTX crypto empire denied trying to perpetrate a fraud while admitting to many errors at the helm of the company in a new interview. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2022 Me Too has been about exposing the systemic horrors than men perpetrate. Vulture, 10 Oct. 2022 But never the less, Hollywood is doing its part to try to rid the industry of bad behavior and those who perpetrate it. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 6 Oct. 2022 Hackers are also exploiting client-side weaknesses to break into the customer journey and perpetrate attacks like ad injection, clickjacking, account takeovers and PII theft. Guy Tytunovich, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2022 Novak starred on Punk'd, Ashton Kutcher's practical joke show, as one of the actors who helped perpetrate pranks against unsuspecting celebrities. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 29 July 2022 But if the jury hands down guilty verdicts to the Oath Keepers, the trial could serve as a warning to dissenters that those who perpetrate violent acts against the government will be held to account. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 3 Oct. 2022 Jones’ claims were that the dead children and their families were actors hired to perpetrate the hoax. Edmund H. Mahony, Hartford Courant, 16 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1537, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of perpetrate was in 1537

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Cite this Entry

“Perpetrate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perpetrate. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio)
perpetrated; perpetrating
: to be guilty of doing : commit
perpetration noun
perpetrator noun

Legal Definition

perpetrate

transitive verb
per·​pe·​trate ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio)
perpetrated; perpetrating
: to carry out or bring about (as a crime)
perpetration noun
perpetrator noun

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