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perpetrator

[pur-pi-trey-ter] /ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪ tər/
noun
1.
a person who perpetrates, or commits, an illegal, criminal, or evil act:
The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
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  • His sole ambition just now was to fix the crime definitely on the perpetrator.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • The perpetrator is educated, wise, enjoys the respect of his fellows.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • She had no doubt who was the perpetrator of this wickedness; but how was she to follow?

    A Simple Story Mrs. Inchbald
  • But as to the perpetrator, if there where no proofs there were yet fewer doubts.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • La Corriveau was arrested as the perpetrator of the atrocious deed.

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
Word Origin and History for perpetrator
n.

literally "the one who did it" (in English usually an evil act), 1560s, from Late Latin perpetrator, agent noun of perpetrare "to perform, to accomplish" (see perpetrate). Fem. forms are perpetratress (1811, of Nero's poisoner Locusta); perpetratrix (1862, in reference to Charlotte Corday).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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