to commit: to perpetrate a crime.
to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?
- per·pe·tra·ble [pur-pi-truh-buhl], /ˈpɜr pɪ trə bəl/, adjective
- per·pe·tra·tion [pur-pi-trey-shuhn], /ˌpɜr pɪˈtreɪ ʃən/, noun
- per·pe·tra·tor, noun
- non·per·pe·tra·tion, noun
- perpetrate , perpetuate
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How to use perpetrate in a sentence
Bush and his advisers were mortified that they had allowed this uniquely horrific attack on American soil, and their focus was on punishing those who had perpetrated it, as well as those who sheltered them.It wasn’t hubris that drove America into Afghanistan. It was fear. | Robert Kagan | August 26, 2021 | Washington Post
The corruption and fraud that is being perpetrated by our government is absurd.Inside One Combat Vet's Journey From Defending His Country to Storming the Capitol | W.J. Hennigan/Washington | July 9, 2021 | Time
Without fully understanding what steps were taken, if any, to investigate these alleged crimes, there is no assurance that the individuals who may have perpetrated these crimes have been apprehended.Metro Transit Police can’t document whether officers investigated thousands of reported crimes, watchdog says | Justin George, Michael Laris | July 1, 2021 | Washington Post
In a New York Times Magazine article last year, Francesca Mari documented the egregious harms perpetrated by these landlords on struggling Americans.Wall Street isn’t to blame for the chaotic housing market | Jerusalem Demsas | June 11, 2021 | Vox
That decade saw some of the worst state-sanctioned racial violence perpetrated along the border.The bright side of a bad Texas history bill? It’s too late to whitewash the past. | John González, Benjamin Johnson | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | John Prendergast | April 8, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If the auctioneer could afterward do this he might change the name, substitute another, and so perpetrate a fraud.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The evils forbidden therein none should perpetrate, either on others or on himself.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
It is notorious that a mob will commit atrocities which a single individual could scarcely be tempted to perpetrate.
Occasionally they are joined by Indians, and these latter are always conspicuous for the cruelties they perpetrate.
But surely Christianity should not be condemned for what it forbids men to perpetrate under pain of the Divine displeasure.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2) | Timothy East
British Dictionary definitions for perpetrate
(tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
- perpetration, noun
- perpetrator, noun
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