- 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 perpetrating
We might start by trying to stem the sale of arms to those who are perpetrating the violence in the first place.Is it Time to Send Lady Liberty Back to France?
July 20, 2014
First, can force be used, without Security Council approval, to deter Syria from perpetrating further crimes against humanity?Three Key Questions on Syria From Geoffrey Robertson
August 30, 2013
Little: “So are you saying that these scientists are perpetrating a massive fraud on the global public to get some grant money?”Sarah Silverman's Climate Change Showdown
March 31, 2010
It was in keeping with the rest of the nonsense they were perpetrating.Martian V.F.W.
His life was devoted to planning and perpetrating the grossest deceptions.The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
We do not know what a diabolical wickedness we are perpetrating every day.Bunyan Characters - Third Series
I have come to prevent you from going, from perpetrating this folly.The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2)
At the time when this atrocity was perpetrating not an officer interfered.Rattlin the Reefer
- (tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Word Origin and History for perpetrating
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.