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: a perpetrator especially of a crime


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Example Sentences

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The Patriots, never too timid to take on problem children, have been mercifully absent perp walks of late. Kevin Paul Dupont,, 12 Nov. 2022 Thankfully, that doesn’t seem to bother Present, who’s touched by Kimberly’s personal reflections and surprised to discover she’s the first person other than a perp who can actually see and hear him. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 9 Nov. 2022 How a fleeing perp scrambles onto a rooftop, his body exiting the frame to reveal a small sliver of alley in the background below, just as the cop in pursuit races across it and into view. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 18 Oct. 2022 If the perp had worn his game socks too low, he would have been caught coming out of his car. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Oct. 2022 The perp ran down the street to another bar, where Kinane helped a bouncer detain him until the cops arrived. Lee Keeler, SPIN, 10 May 2022 Deputies were on the hunt for a possible slithering perp. NBC News, 9 Mar. 2022 The director of athletic medicine had come to him with a ten-year-old perp in a crime of which Joe was the victim. John Mcphee, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2022 After months of pinging from his personal phone, the perp switched his aim to the home of his bosses, who happened to be a married couple. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 30 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Perp.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Legal Definition

: a perpetrator of a crime

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