perpetrate

[ pur-pi-treyt ]
/ ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪt /
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verb (used with object), per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing.

to commit: to perpetrate a crime.
to present, execute, or do in a poor or tasteless manner: Who perpetrated this so-called comedy?

Nearby words

  1. perpend,
  2. perpendicular,
  3. perpensity,
  4. perpent,
  5. perpetrable,
  6. perpetration,
  7. perpetrator,
  8. perpetual,
  9. perpetual adoration,
  10. perpetual calendar

Origin of perpetrate

1540–50; < Latin perpetrātus (past participle of perpetrāre to carry out, execute, perform), equivalent to per- per- + -petr- (combining form of patrāre to father, bring about; see pater) + -ā- theme vowel + -tus past participle suffix; see -ate1

Related forms
Can be confusedperpetrate perpetuate

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British Dictionary definitions for perpetration

perpetrate

/ (ˈpɜːpɪˌtreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Derived Formsperpetration, nounperpetrator, noun

Word Origin for perpetrate

C16: from Latin perpetrāre, from per- (thoroughly) + patrāre to perform, perhaps from pater father, leader in the performance of sacred rites

usage

Perpetrate and perpetuate are sometimes confused: he must answer for the crimes he has perpetrated (not perpetuated); the book helped to perpetuate (not perpetrate) some of the myths surrounding his early life

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