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perpetrate

[pur-pi-treyt] /ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪt/
verb (used with object), perpetrated, perpetrating.
1.
to commit:
to perpetrate a crime.
2.
to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner:
Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?
Origin of perpetrate
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin perpetrātus (past participle of perpetrāre to carry out, execute, perform), equivalent to per- per- + -petr- (combining form of patrāre to father, bring about; see pater) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1
Related forms
perpetrable
[pur-pi-truh-buh l] /ˈpɜr pɪ trə bəl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
perpetration, noun
perpetrator, noun
nonperpetration, noun
unperpetrated, adjective
Can be confused
perpetrate, perpetuate.
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Examples from the Web for perpetrate
Historical Examples
  • He must be rid of the fellow in some way—no eye must see him perpetrate the deed he had in mind.

    The Monster Men Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • "What a lot of folly they have allowed me to perpetrate," he muttered as he ran along.

  • Let me perpetrate one more,—one which is perhaps the most glaring of all.

  • It is at this point that we perpetrate one of our commonest blunders.

    A Handful of Stars Frank W. Boreham
  • Secondly, that you undertake to perpetrate no act of piracy while I am on board.

    The Pirate Slaver Harry Collingwood
  • Bid them do the deed that you are too cowardly to perpetrate yourself!

    Under the Rebel's Reign Charles Neufeld
  • In a word, what vice and crime does he perpetrate—what low acts does he commit?

    The Romany Rye George Borrow
  • But short of this, they can hardly be aware of the extent of the mischief they perpetrate.

  • Pollux, I repeat it, did not perpetrate the caricature, but a sculptor from Rome.

    The Emperor, Complete Georg Ebers
  • It was just possible that the ranchers might perpetrate some hostile act.

    Desert Conquest

    A. M. Chisholm
British Dictionary definitions for perpetrate

perpetrate

/ˈpɜːpɪˌtreɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Derived Forms
perpetration, noun
perpetrator, noun
Usage note
Perpetrate and perpetuate are sometimes confused: he must answer for the crimes he has perpetrated (not perpetuated); the book helped to perpetuate (not perpetrate) some of the myths surrounding his early life
Word Origin
C16: from Latin perpetrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + patrāre to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred rites
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Word Origin and History for perpetrate
v.

1540s, from Latin perpetratus, past participle of perpetrare "to perform, to accomplish," from per- "completely" + patrare "carry out," originally "bring into existence," from pater "father" (see father (n.)). Earlier in English was perpetren, mid-15c., from Old French perpetrer. Neither good nor bad in Latin, first used in English in statutes, hence its sense of "to perform criminally." Related: Perpetrated; perpetrating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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