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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The level of violence these far-right groups inflict has been persistent over time, but studies show that the media gave terrorist acts perpetrated by Muslims 350% more coverage than violence committed by other terrorists. Joe Sexton, ProPublica, "He Spent Years Infiltrating White Supremacist Groups. Here’s What He Has to Say About What’s Going on Now.," 30 Aug. 2019 But police now say the whole thing was a hoax perpetrated by Dani’s owner. Steve Helling, PEOPLE.com, "‘All a Hoax’: Person Who Claimed to Rescue Dog With Slit Throat Was Actually Owner, Police Allege," 28 Aug. 2019 Which brings me to the uniquely American epidemic of gun violence, particularly that perpetrated by white supremacists and other far-right terrorists. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: What are Republicans afraid of?," 6 Aug. 2019 That bill was introduced in the wake of the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, perpetrated by a gunman who had a domestic violence conviction while in the Air Force. Brian Bennett, Time, "'Let's Call Wayne.' Inside the White House Discussions on Guns," 23 Aug. 2019 That global warming is a hoax perpetrated by the Chinese. Washington Post, "Trump amplifies conspiracy theories from perch of presidency," 13 Aug. 2019 The Capital One hack was allegedly perpetrated by Paige Thompson, a 33-year-old Seattle resident. Kristina Libby, Popular Mechanics, "The Capital One Hack Probably Put Your Data on the Dark Web," 30 July 2019 Other crimes against humanity were perpetrated several months after the war ended, in the presence of human-rights workers and U.N. peacekeepers. Maggie Calt, Harper's magazine, "Brutal from the Beginning," 22 July 2019 Slavery was abolished in 1865, but many injustices were perpetrated during the post-1865 Jim Crow period and beyond. Rhoda E. Howard-hassmann, Quartz, "Why Japanese-Americans received reparations and African-Americans are still waiting," 19 July 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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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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