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plural perps
: a perpetrator especially of a crime see also perp walk


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Examples of perp in a Sentence

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Solve the situation yourself by loudly repeating what the perp is saying! Amy Dickinson, Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2023 And there were potential buyers: FTX Europe’s key license—and unique ability to offer perps—is what attracted them. Leo Schwartz, Fortune Crypto, 4 Aug. 2023 Indeed, a high-profile event like a perp walk may further fuel Trump’s run for presidency. Mary Angela Bock, The Conversation, 3 Apr. 2023 Yet it is noted that such perps are rarely branded as domestic terrorists, no matter how blatant their politicized intent, or brought up on Federal charges. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 10 June 2023 Now free on $100,000 bond as his case proceeds, Penny called his arrest and perp walk difficult. Rebecca Rosenberg, Fox News, 8 June 2023 Another two, in hot pursuit, die before Tyree manages to disable their off-road vehicle, then kill three of four perps. Dennis Harvey, Variety, 3 May 2023 Next up: the laundry detergent, the total lack of awareness that a place like Planned Parenthood might have security cameras (the perp was documented from multiple angles), the hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 27 Jan. 2023 The man who burgled their house was being arraigned, and even in the face of a tempting offer from wife Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson), Randall couldn't resist going down to the courthouse to confront the guy, only to learn that the perp was suffering from mental health issues. Dan Snierson,, 5 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 28 Nov. 2023.

Legal Definition


: a perpetrator of a crime

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