- 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 perpetrated
It reminded her of the slaughter that the Nazis perpetrated on her relatives in the Ukraine.Mossad’s Greatest Female Assassin: An Excerpt From ‘Sylvia Rafael’
Ram Oren, Moti Kfir
September 20, 2014
Surely it was intentional and perpetrated by Assad or ISIS or a still-unrecognized radical group.Measles Vaccine Mix-Up Kills Dozens of Syrian Children
September 18, 2014
This is the kind of inversion of history that conservatives attack when perpetrated by the left.The Conservatives' Great Black Hope
May 19, 2014
Most rapes, however, are perpetrated by acquiantances—often husbands—and take place within the confines of the home.Marital Rape Ruling Highlights India’s Problem With Consent
May 18, 2014
Are American leaders to pretend now that they perpetrated a hoax on Ukrainian leaders?Les Gelb Puts Russia in Its Place—and Critics in Theirs
Leslie H. Gelb
April 2, 2014
But Walter's expression was that of a person upon whom an outrage has just been perpetrated.Alice Adams
Perhaps some new devilry of the gods was about to be perpetrated on him.White Fang
What is the present state of the soul of the person who perpetrated that crime?
The other (in a tone of deep vexation): Pray, what thing of the sort are you aware I ever perpetrated?The Symposium
Her own hands swerved, blundered, and she perpetrated a hopeless discord.Olive in Italy
- (tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Word Origin and History for perpetrated
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.