perpetrate

verb
per·​pe·​trate | \ ˈpər-pə-ˌtrāt How to pronounce perpetrate (audio) \
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 How to pronounce perpetration (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrator (audio) \ 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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During the guilt phase, jurors weigh the evidence and reach a conclusion about whether the defendant perpetrated the crime. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "‘I too have forgiven’: In plea deal, East Bay murder defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity," 15 Sep. 2019 This time, the Seminoles were on the wrong end of a Choke At Doak and perpetrated one of the most monumental meltdowns in FSU history. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Ouch! Boise State quickly lights fire under FSU coach Willie Taggart’s hot seat | Commentary," 31 Aug. 2019 That homicide took place during the Khandava-daha, the burning of the Khandava forest, which Arjuna perpetrated along with the other great hero of the Mahabharata, Krishna. Girish Shahane, Quartz India, "The Amazon fires have a 3,000-year-old parallel in the Indian epic Mahabharata," 30 Aug. 2019 Wall Street Journal Drone Attack Oil prices are up following a drone attack on a Saudi oil facility, apparently perpetrated by Yemeni separatists. David Meyer, Fortune, "The End of Shareholder Primacy: CEO Daily," 19 Aug. 2019 The El Paso massacre was the deadliest of three in less than a week—all perpetrated by young men using legally purchased semi-automatic weapons. The Economist, "America grapples with a lethal mix of terrorism and lax gun laws," 8 Aug. 2019 This isn’t the first time in our history that a significant faction of the country has justified perpetrating a grave moral evil against the human person for the sake of economic gains. Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Corporations Are People, Unborn Children Aren’t," 11 June 2019 For impressionable young troublemakers, the film must have seemed like a how-to manual for perpetrating anarchy: both The Narrator and Durden speak directly to the camera at times, explaining their techniques and motivations. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Fight Club” presaged the darker corners of the internet," 10 Sep. 2019 Rather than condemning an egregious campaign perpetrated on a vulnerable population of iOS users, Apple seemed to be using the hacking spree to assure mainstream users that they weren’t targeted. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Apple takes flak for disputing iOS security bombshell dropped by Google," 7 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of perpetrate was in 1537

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More Definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of perpetrate

formal : to do (something that is illegal or wrong)

perpetrate

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

Legal Definition of perpetrate

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

Other Words from perpetrate

perpetration \ ˌpər-​pə-​ˈtrā-​shən How to pronounce perpetration (audio) \ noun
perpetrator \ ˈpər-​pə-​ˌtrā-​tər How to pronounce perpetrator (audio) \ noun

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