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  1. a person who perpetrates, or commits, an illegal, criminal, or evil act: The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be found and punished to the fullest extent of the law.
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  • His sole ambition just now was to fix the crime definitely on the perpetrator.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The perpetrator is educated, wise, enjoys the respect of his fellows.

  • She had no doubt who was the perpetrator of this wickedness; but how was she to follow?

    A Simple Story

    Mrs. Inchbald

  • But as to the perpetrator, if there where no proofs there were yet fewer doubts.

    Bob, Son of Battle

    Alfred Ollivant

  • La Corriveau was arrested as the perpetrator of the atrocious deed.

    The Golden Dog

    William Kirby

Word Origin and History for perpetrator


literally "the one who did it" (in English usually an evil act), 1560s, from Late Latin perpetrator, agent noun of perpetrare "to perform, to accomplish" (see perpetrate). Fem. forms are perpetratress (1811, of Nero's poisoner Locusta); perpetratrix (1862, in reference to Charlotte Corday).

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