- to commit: to perpetrate a crime.
- to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?
Origin of perpetrate
Examples from the Web for perpetrate
As in Nazi Germany, it is usually governments driven by greed or power calculations that perpetrate such crimes.Still a Problem From Hell, Two Decades After Rwanda
April 8, 2014
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.The Fortune of the Rougons
Let me perpetrate one more,—one which is perhaps the most glaring of all.What Is and What Might Be
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
- (tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Word Origin and History for perpetrate
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.