[ pur-pi-trey-ter ]
/ ˈpɜr pɪˌtreɪ tər /


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.

Nearby words

  1. perpensity,
  2. perpent,
  3. perpetrable,
  4. perpetrate,
  5. perpetration,
  6. perpetual,
  7. perpetual adoration,
  8. perpetual calendar,
  9. perpetual check,
  10. perpetual debenture Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper