- 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 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
December 3, 2014
For the perpetration of the most consummate piece of literary scoundrelism on record.Audrey Craven
What interest could I possibly derive from the perpetration of such a crime?Memoirs of the Comtesse du Barry
Etienne Leon Lamothe-Langon
The sacrifice of a right may be as great an evil as the perpetration of a wrong.Practical Ethics
William DeWitt Hyde
I suppose after the perpetration of that act of—what shall we call it?Roundabout Papers
William Makepeace Thackeray
The conditions which led to its perpetration are narrated later.Frenzied Finance
Thomas W. Lawson
- (tr) to perform or be responsible for (a deception, crime, etc)
Word Origin and History for perpetration
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.