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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How to use perpetrator in a sentence
It is unclear whom the perpetrators were or what actions were taken.
It is also memories like these that make it easier to write scenes of inflicting pain upon male perpetrators.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark | Julia Grinberg | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And when there are transgressions, the perpetrators should be brought to justice, not protected.
If there is blame for outbreaks of violence, it will be shared by the perpetrators and the white majority society alike.Awaiting the Grand Jury, Dread in Ferguson and America | Gene Robinson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The one passed after 9/11 specifically talks about the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and ISIS has exceeded that definition.Republican Hawks Already Have a War Plan for ISIS, Ukraine, and Obama | Eli Lake | November 6, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The effect of such an indignity was immediate, and brought upon the perpetrators the whole strength of the allied kings.The Works of Hubert Howe Bancroft, Volume 5 | Hubert Howe Bancroft
We must remember that the perpetrators of such noble acts had persuaded themselves that they were serving God.The Age of Erasmus | P. S. Allen
They have justified—but in German eyes only—every committable crime, and they cost nothing—except the souls of their perpetrators.Raemaekers' Cartoons | Louis Raemaekers
Above all, the perpetrators ought not to be permitted to endanger the quiet of France by entering the capital.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
The worst criminals are not half so immoral as the creators and perpetrators of the unquestionable hell of Christian theology.Morality Without God | M. M. Mangasarian