verb (used with object), per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing.
- perpetual adoration,
- perpetual calendar
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|John Prendergast|April 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There would be innumerable petty deeds to perpetrate in the midst of much uncertainty, delay and humiliation.Two banks of the Seine|Fernand Vandrem
Phœbus who commanded us to perpetrate the slaying of our mother.The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.|Euripides
He was afraid to have his brothers marry lest it might be a nephew who was to perpetrate the deed.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
Odysseus answered him: "May the gods punish the ruthless men who perpetrate such wrongs in a stranger's home."
But it is principally upon their own languages that democratic nations attempt to perpetrate innovations.Democracy In America, Volume 2 (of 2)|Alexis de Toqueville
Word Origin 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.