[ pur-pi-trey-ter ]
See synonyms for perpetrator on
  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.

Origin of perpetrator

First recorded in 1560–70; from Late Latin, from Latin perpetrāt(us), past participle of perpetrāre “to carry out, execute, perform” + -or -or1; see perpetrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use perpetrator in a sentence

  • The effect of such an indignity was immediate, and brought upon the perpetrators the whole strength of the allied kings.

  • 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.

  • 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