verb (used with object), per·pe·trat·ed, per·pe·trat·ing.
- perpetual adoration,
- perpetual calendar
Origin of perpetrate
Examples from the Web for perpetration
Many prominent Congolese human-rights activists consider minerals to be at the heart of the perpetration of atrocities.Aaron Rodgers Takes Aim at Congo’s ‘Blood Minerals’ War|John Prendergast|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The wickedness and cruelty of the crime were only equalled by the clumsy and unskilful manner of its perpetration.Poisons: Their Effects and Detection|Alexander Wynter Blyth
I suppose after the perpetration of that act of—what shall we call it?Roundabout Papers|William Makepeace Thackeray
Or his parents themselves would have prevented by their presence and authority the perpetration of so great a crime.Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II|Martin Luther
Here were men unquestionably assembled for illegal purposes—for the perpetration of crime—for the shedding of human blood.Valentine M'Clutchy, The Irish Agent|William Carleton
Every crime has in the moment of its perpetration its own avenging angel.
Word Origin for perpetrate
mid-15c., from Late Latin perpetrationem (nominative perpetratio) "an accomplishing, performing," noun of action from past participle stem of perpetrare "to perform, accomplish" (see 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.